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Criminal defense: Man faces assault charge

A man accused of attacking a traffic agent on Staten Island is now facing criminal charges, according to local authorities. New York police arrested the 27-year-old man following an altercation in which he allegedly assaulted a 50-year-old victim on Oct. 4. It is unclear whether he is still in police custody at this time, and the record does not show whether he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the incident report, the man's girlfriend was issued a ticket by a traffic agent around 3 p.m. The man reportedly said he became angry and "sucker punched" the older man. The woman was issued a traffic summons for unknown reasons. The man apparently sought out the traffic agent and chased him across the street before punching him from behind in the neck. 

Facing a federal bribery charge? Fight for your future

Bribery refers to offering or accepting anything valuable in exchange for being able to influence a government employee or public official. A bribe can be a gift presented or a monetary payment made to secure a government contract or award, for example. Bribes can also involve services, privileges, property or goods.

Being taken into custody for engaging in bribery can understandably be frightening, as you may not understand how such a criminal charge will affect you long term. However, you have the right to fight this federal charge vigorously in New York.

Criminal defense: man charged with murder in New York

A 29-year-old man is dead of an apparent gunshot wound and another man has been arrested for his murder. The accused is 49 years old and was arrested by New York City Police on Sept. 30 after the victim was discovered the night before. It is unclear from the report whether the man has retained criminal defense counsel. 

Police say they were called to an elevated subway line in the Bronx at some point on the night of Sept. 29. There, they discovered the 29-year-old man apparently bleeding from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his neck. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead some time later. Police conducted an investigation, and based on their findings -- which were not mentioned in the media report -- they concluded the older man was a prime suspect. He was apprehended the following day. 

Criminal defense: New York man charged with murder

A man believed to be responsible for the stabbing death of another man is facing serious charges, according to local news sources. The New York Police Department says it has video evidence of the 22-year-old man stabbing a victim outside of a grocery store. He has been charged with murder and was due to appear in court with criminal defense representation on Sept. 28. 

The report is based widely on witness testimony at this time, and states that a 46-year-old man entered the grocery store and allegedly asked the clerks for free food. When he was rebuffed, he threatened the clerks before leaving. He returned a short time later and, according to the manager of the bodega, stabbed the 22-year-old man in the hand with a knife. The altercation then moved outside the store, where it was caught on tape by the store's security cameras. 

Criminal defense: Drug charges filed in Piermont

Police in Piermont have arrested a woman on suspicion of drug possession, according to local reports. The 23-year-old woman is facing multiple charges after being pulled over by New York officers just before midnight the night of Sept. 18. She was set to reappear in court on Sept. 27, where she will probably be accompanied by criminal defense representation. 

Police say they spotted a vehicle driving on Route 9W with a broken headlight, which was the reason for the traffic stop. The officer who stopped the vehicle reportedly began an investigation after speaking with the driver, though it is not clear what prompted the investigation. It is also not mentioned whether the officer obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. 

Criminal defense: Hockey scout charged with DUI in New York

A talent scout in town searching for new hockey hopefuls landed himself in hot water on the evening of Aug. 26. New York law enforcement arrested the Canadian man following an alleged DUI incident. The talent scout has likely retained criminal defense counsel to accompany him to his upcoming court proceedings, the latest of which was scheduled for Sept. 21. 

According to the police report, the scout was arrested around 11:40 p.m. after his alleged drunken exploits, which included stealing a golf cart and striking another vehicle on the premises of a New York amusement park. The man was apparently in New York scouting for the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey franchise. Spokespeople for the team have declined to comment on the current criminal investigation. 

Don't let a drug-related conviction drag you down

The state of New York has a reputation for having some of the United States' most stringent drug laws. The state classifies substances that are relatively well known, such as cocaine and heroin, along with the compounds that are used in manufacturing them.

In addition, New York officials are especially focusing on examining medical providers and other individuals as part of prescription medication-related investigations. This is due to the fact that many patients today are becoming addicted to pain-relief narcotics and other medications. If you are facing drug-related charges, these charges can unfortunately have a negative impact on your life both in the short term and in the long term.

Criminal defense: Allegedly drunk driver injures 4

A driver in Brooklyn is in custody following a serious accident that sent four people to the hospital on the early morning of Sept. 4. New York officials arrested the man, who now faces drunk driving charges. No court date has been set, but when the time arrives, the man will be represented by a criminal defense attorney.

Surveillance footage obtained by police show a vehicle, driven by a 23-year-old man, jump a curb in Brooklyn just before 5 a.m. The car continued on the sidewalk, striking a group of four pedestrians. The man then crashed into an iron fence before fleeing the scene in his vehicle. He was apprehended only a few minutes later and was arrested for suspected DWI.

Criminal defense: New York man faces murder charge

A man from Queens is facing serious charges following a shooting on Aug. 15, according to local sources. New York police arrested the 34-year-old man and charged him with murder following the shooting death of a 21-year-old camp counselor. The man was arraigned on Aug. 26 in Queens Criminal Court, where he was likely accompanied by criminal defense representation.

According to the report, the man and several friends became engaged in an altercation with friends of the victim while leaving a store. An argument ensued, during which a member of the man's group purportedly shouted something at the other group. At this point the man is accused of pulling a handgun and firing. A bullet struck the victim in the head, killing her instantly.

Criminal defense: Court officer accused of sexual assault

A court officer in Brooklyn is facing serious charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a courthouse last year, according to local sources. The 58-year-old New York man was arraigned on Aug. 21 for several charges, including second-degree coercion, official misconduct, exposure of a person and public lewdness. The man is now likely focused on his criminal defense, alongside his legal counsel. 

According to the complaint, the alleged incident occurred on Oct. 21, 2016, when the man is said to have approached a then 25-year-old woman who was waiting to bail out her boyfriend in Brooklyn Criminal Court. She claims that the court officer approached her in a stairwell and offered to help bail her boyfriend out if she performed sex acts on him. She says he also threatened to damage the their case if she refused. 

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