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Criminal defense: DJ charged with sex abuse

A New York man who works for the Harlem Globetrotters was arrested on March 9 under suspicion of sex abuse, according to local sources. The man was taken into custody in Syracuse after he allegedly inappropriately touched a 14-year-old fan at a show. There is no word as to whether the man has retained criminal defense representation at this time. 

According to the report, the Globetrotters, a popular traveling show best known for comedy and basketball artistry, were in Syracuse for a show at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena around 7 p.m. the night of March 9 when the alleged incident took place. The 34-year-old DJ, who goes by the name DJ FullFrame, is believed to have had an encounter with a fan around 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 10. Police say the man approached the girl and "touched the outside of her clothing in an inappropriate manner." 

Criminal defense: New York man accused of assault

A man faces serious charges following an altercation with a boy with special needs on a subway car, according to local sources. New York police have confirmed the arrest of a 40-year-old man in an alleged assault against an 8-year-old autistic boy. This has led many to question the efficacy of the Thrive NYC mental health initiative aimed at curbing violent behavior by mentally ill people. So far a court date has not been announced, and it is unclear if the man has criminal defense representation in place. 

According to the report, the 8-year-old and his mother were on a No. 3 train around 8:40 p.m. the night of Feb. 25 when the man allegedly approached them. Witnesses say there were no words exchanged between the mother and son and the older man. As the train was pulling into the station, the man allegedly struck the boy in the head. The boy was taken to the hospital with swelling believed to have been caused by the attack. 

Criminal defense: 1 charged with murder in New York

A bizarre incident led to tragedy in Rockland County on the afternoon of Feb. 20 after a man was accused of running over a family with his car. New York police apprehended the 35-year-old man following a standoff outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Haverstraw. The man is charged with murder, with several more charges expected to be filed at a later time. Reportedly, he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the unusual report, a family including a 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman with several children were outside of the store at the time of the incident. Witnesses reported that the father asked the accused man, who was apparently smoking a cigarette, not to blow smoke in the vicinity of his children. The man then apparently got into his vehicle and rammed the family en masse, striking the building and then backing over the injured parties a second time. 

Have you been charged with stalking in New York?

When faced with a criminal charge, the manner in which you choose to address it will likely depend on the exact allegations made against you. Because each state often views various crimes differently, having as much information as possible on your predicament could make a substantial difference in how you choose to defend against the charges.

For any criminal allegation, you have the right to a fair trial and to have the chance to defend yourself. Though it can seem intimidating and as if everyone is against you, you may want to remember that putting your best efforts forward and gaining the right help could allow you to handle your case in an effective manner. If you face an accusation of stalking and police in New York have taken you into custody, you may want to start by gaining information on this charge.

Federal criminal defense: New York man faces terrorism charges

A man was arrested at Kennedy Airport after an alleged attempt to travel to Pakistan to join a terrorist group, according to U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. The 29-year-old man was apprehended in New York and now faces serious federal charges pertaining to this alleged attempt. It is unclear at this time whether the man has retained criminal defense representation to support him in the upcoming case. 

Very little information has been released about this case so far, but it has been confirmed that the man was arrested at Kennedy Airport on Feb. 7 as he attempted to board a flight to Pakistan. Federal authorities say he had articulated a desire to join Lashkar e-Tayyiba. This Pakistan-based group has been blamed for multiple high-profile attacks, including an attack in 2008 in Mumbai that claimed 168 lives.

Criminal defense: New York man faces serious drug charges

A man accused of transporting some 60 pounds of marijuana has been taken into custody, according to state officials. The 34-year-old man, who hails from Brooklyn, New York, was arrested on Feb. 8 after a routine traffic stop. He is currently being held without bail at a correctional facility and was due to appear for arraignment in Third Division Court on Feb. 11. While the report did not clarify whether he had retained criminal defense counsel at this time, he is legally mandated to be represented when he faces arraignment and for the duration of the criminal trial. 

According to police, the man was driving a van on Route 95 around 11:15 a.m. when he was pulled over for what officers called a motor vehicle violation. The specifics of that violation were not included in the report. However, police apparently had reason enough to search the van, whereupon they discovered what they believed to be some 60 pounds of marijuana, as well as over a thousand dollars in cash. The approximate street value of the drugs would be $120,000 if officers are correct in identifying the substance.

Criminal defense: Man charged with DWI in wife's death

A man from Tuscarora is in custody following a tragic snowmobile accident that claimed the life of his wife. New York law enforcement has charged the man with felony driving while intoxicated as well as several other charges. He is currently in a county jail without bail awaiting a trial date, where he will be represented by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to the report filed about the accident, the man was operating a snowmobile on Jan. 25 with his wife as a passenger when the accident occurred. He reportedly failed to yield when he reached State Route 417, causing his snowmobile to be struck by a van in the intersection. Neither the operator of the snowmobile nor his wife were wearing helmets at the time of the impact. 

Criminal defense: 4 charged in alleged terror plot

Four people in Rochester, including a minor, are facing serious charges after an alleged plot was uncovered to attack a local Muslim community. New York police arrested three men, aged 20, 19 and 18, as well as a minor who is being charged as an adolescent offender. It is unclear at this time whether any of the four have sought criminal defense representation. 

According to the findings of the investigation so far, a student at a local high school overheard a conversation involving at least one of the accused individuals referencing a school shooting. The student reported the conversation, and school security conducted interviews in conjunction with local law enforcement. They say they uncovered a plan to assault a nearby Islamic community in Delaware County. 

Do you suffer from test anxiety? You'll want to read this

If you think back to your high school or college days (perhaps you are still navigating the latter) you may recall getting sweaty palms, a stomach ache or even full-blown anxiety attacks just before taking a test. Test anxiety is a common condition. You might know the material like the back of your hand, but when you sit down to take a test, you draw a blank and wind up failing. New York police officers sometimes administer tests during traffic stops.

If you have test anxiety, you'll want to think twice before submitting to a request to take a field sobriety test. Police use such tests to determine if they have probable cause to arrest you on suspicion of drunk driving or other impairment. If you fail a field test, you might very well spend your next several hours in a jail cell. In such situations, it pays to know your rights ahead of time and to know how to quickly access support.

Criminal defense: New York lawyer faces sex assault charges

A 35-year-old Brooklyn lawyer is in hot water after being accused of sexual assault, according to local sources. The New York man, who practices business law, was arrested on Jan. 4 after being accused of assaulting a number of women back in 2014 and 2015. He was expected in court on Jan. 10, at which time he would likely have been represented by a criminal defense attorney.

According to the accusations, the man is believed to have followed several women into buildings before groping them. In each alleged case, he is believed to have fled the scene when the woman in question called for help or broke free. The criminal complaint alleges at least three incidents of him groping and kissing women without their consent. These incidents are believed to have taken place between Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015.

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