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How are juveniles classified in New York's criminal court system?

Every year, thousands of people under the age of 18 are charged with various crimes, from shoplifting to drug possession. In New York, children and teens from ages 7 to 16 can be charged with a crime and go to court. Generally, these minors will be classified as juvenile delinquents, juvenile offenders, or youthful offenders.

Negotiating a plea deal may lead to a less serious sentence

Despite what you may have seen on television, a majority of criminal cases are resolved without going to trial. Generally, prosecutors and defense attorneys will work together to negotiate a deal based on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime and the amount of evidence the prosecutor has against the defendant.

Seeking a pardon in New York for a crime committed as a teen

Sometimes, a teenager in New York will commit a crime. They may have been influenced to do so through peer pressure or they may not be mature enough to understand the long-term consequences they would face if caught. No matter what the reason, if convicted the teen's criminal history may be accessible to the public. This could be very detrimental to a teenager, especially once they reach adulthood. Their criminal history may be available to potential employers, landlords and others. Because of this, the teen's criminal history could affect them not just in the here-and-now, but for their entire future.

Man faces felony assault charges after allegedly fighting cops

It is an unfortunate reality that some family disagreements in New City escalate to the point that it is considered a domestic assault. Being arrested on these charges can cause major upheaval in a person's life not just personally, but professionally as well. There can be fines, jail time, restraining orders and many other issues in the aftermath. What can make these situations worse is when law enforcement is called and the person who is alleged to have committed domestic violence is accused of refusing to comply with orders from law enforcement. It might even rise to assault charges against police, opening a whole different level of charges. Those who find themselves confronted with these problems must remember their right to have a legal defense.

What are the best ways to defend against robbery charges?

Robbery charges often stem from allegations that a person threatened the use of immediate physical force while attempting to deprive someone of their property or while committing larceny. Forcibly taking property from another person in New York can result in serious consequences. Generally in New York a conviction for third-degree robbery may result in two to seven years in jail, while a first-degree robbery conviction may result in 10 to 25 years in prison. The court may also fine you up to $5,000 or double the amount you gained from the robbery.

Should one fight a traffic ticket?

Getting a traffic ticket in New York can ruin one's day and cost a significant amount of money in fines and result in an increase in insurance premiums. One may be wondering whether fighting the ticket is a good idea. In some cases, taking time off work to go to a hearing can cost one more money than the ticket itself, making it disadvantageous to fight. However, if one's traffic ticket is costing thousands of dollars, defending oneself may be the best option.

What to expect in a juvenile court proceeding

As you might expect, juvenile court proceedings are conducted very differently from adult proceedings. This relates back to the rationale for juvenile courts to be more rehabilitative and less punitive, and is supported by the copious amounts of research pertaining to juvenile brain development and culpability. With this in mind, juvenile courts operate under this framework in a very unique manner. If you find yourself or your child involved in a juvenile case it is important to have a basic understanding of this court system.

Defining the plain-view doctrine in New York

In New York, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens against unlawful arrests, seizures and searches. For this reason, the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment are a crucial component of criminal defense in the Empire State and throughout the United States. Understanding one's Fourth Amendment rights is important for a citizen - even if he or she is not a criminal defendant.

UFC's McGregor faces criminal charges after alleged bus attack

Conor McGregor, one of the UFC's biggest stars, was recently arrested in New York following a chaotic incident involving other fighters. McGregor was arraigned on criminal charges, including one count of criminal mischief and three counts of assault. The judge set his bond at $50,000 and ordered McGregor not to contact a list of MMA members.

Navigating serious and complex domestic violence charges

Offenses alleging domestic violence are often more complex and carry more substantial penalties then simple assault and battery offenses. The law has reacted to society's increased awareness and advocacy in areas of domestic violence over the years. As a result, we have continuously seen heightened penalties for these types of offenses.

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