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Suspect arrested following parking garage fire

A man was recently arrested for arson for his involvement in a seven-alarm fire that occurred in a New York shopping center garage. The fire apparently started at a two-alarm level but quickly escalated to a seven-alarm blaze over the course of two hours, as smoke filled the garage. According to authorities, approximately 21 people were injured, including 18 firefighters, and at least four victims were taken to the hospital. Additionally, over 100 vehicles were engulfed in the flames, and a majority of them were burned to their shells.

New York has two distinct credit card theft crimes

Most people in New York have at least one credit card. Credit cards provide a person with the option to make a purchase by charging it to the card, and then pay the balance on the card at the end of each month. Some people enjoy using credit cards, especially if they receive "awards" for doing so. Other people may see credit cards as a necessary evil, especially if they have trouble meeting the minimum payments on their card. Regardless of your opinion on credit cards, it is important to note when the use of a credit card actually constitutes credit card theft.

The potential consequences of shoplifting

Shoplifting is often seen as a minor crime that is handled by mall security officials and then swept under the rug. However, in many cases, shoplifting can lead to serious criminal charges and penalties. If you are facing criminal charges, discussing your case with an attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected.

Arson in New York can involve more than just buildings

When we think of arson, we may initially picture someone setting their home or business on fire for insurance purposes, or perhaps a person just starting a building fire for a malicious purpose or for no purpose at all. However, under New York law, what constitutes arson is actually much broader than that.

How does New York law address the making of graffiti?

Most people in New York have seen buildings and other pieces of property "tagged" with graffiti. Making graffiti may not seem like a very serious crime. However, even this seemingly minor property crime can have lasting consequences on a person's life.

Two men arrested for alleged identity fraud scheme

If you have been charged with a fraud-related crime and are convicted, the consequences you face will directly correspond with the severity of the crime committed. Two men from the Bronx may be hit with significant penalties, as they are facing identity theft charges in the first degree after allegedly using personal information to steal high-end vehicles from various New York car dealerships.

Former USPS worker charged with grand larceny and identity theft

Stealing someone else's mail for any reason is generally considered a crime. Stealing someone else's mail and using their private information to commit fraud or embezzlement is especially serious and can result in severe penalties, which may include time in federal prison and hefty fines. In many cases involving mail theft, the person accused of the crime is someone who handles mail every day for a living. For example, one former United States postal worker was recently charged with grand larceny and three counts of identity theft. The worker is currently in jail with bail set at $35,000 and will appear in court in the next few weeks.

Arson charges may result in significant consequences

Most of us are aware that arson charges stem from setting a fire or causing an explosion to destroy a piece of property. The crime of arson in New York requires prosecutors to establish several elements for convictions. If they are unable to prove one or more of the elements, it is likely that criminal charges will be lessened or dismissed altogether.

What constitutes a robbery?

When you think of the term robbery, you probably think of guys in ski masks with guns holding up a bank and demanding suitcases full of cash. But, imagine a scenario where a young kid approaches a man in a subway station and, with a hand in his pocket that appears to have a weapon, the kid demands that the man turn over his wallet and cellphone; fearful that the kid has a weapon, the man complies, and the kid runs off with his belongings. Although slightly different than the team of masked men storming the bank and making off with thousands of dollars, this scenario would also be considered a robbery under the law of most states.

Identity Theft 101

In our increasingly digital and online world, we have heard a lot more about the issue of identity theft in the past decades. Identity theft differs from traditional theft crimes, like robbery or burglary, as it is much more of a faceless crime and often goes undetected by its victims for quite some time. We often unknowingly make so much information about ourselves readily available that we become vulnerable to identity theft.

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