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Criminal defense: New York man charged in alleged sex attack

A man is facing serious charges after an alleged altercation between him and a 7-year-old girl, who authorities believe he sexually assaulted. The 37-year-old New York man is charged with sexual abuse, as well as several associated charges following the alleged attack back in January. The man is likely focused on his criminal defense alongside his legal counsel, and police are urging other potential victims to come forward. 

According to the authorities, the Bronx man is accused of abusing a 7-year-old girl in the bathroom of the USA Martial Arts Fitness Academy on Jan. 17. They say the incident was reported to police the following day, after which time the man was arrested. He is said to be an employee of the fitness academy, which has expressed a zero-tolerance policy against causing harm to students. 

Criminal defense: Traffic stop leads to drug charges

The Town of Goshen was the site of a traffic stop that led to a drug-related arrest. A 21-year-old man now faces drug charges following the stop, which occurred on Feb. 4 on Route 17. He has since been arraigned and is awaiting trial in a New York county jail. If he is found guilty, he could face a far longer jail stay. He is likely focused on preparing his criminal defense alongside his legal counsel at this time.

State troopers stopped the man for what they said was a violation of the vehicle and traffic law, though they did not expand upon what these violations may have constituted. This led to a search of the man and his vehicle, which resulted in police recovering what they believe to be 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine. It is unclear whether they were granted a search warrant in advance of this search, or if they had cause to initiate it onsite. 

Criminal defense: New York student charged with uttering threats

A 21-year-old student has been accused of threatening to shoot up a high school in Rochester, according to court records. The New York woman, who is not a student at the school in question, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of making a terroristic threat online. It is confirmed she has retained criminal defense counsel in advance of an arraignment. 

According to the court, the woman allegedly posed as someone else on Feb. 15 when she is believed to have left a vulgar comment on the Rochester high school's Facebook page. The threat indicated a shooter would come to the school the following morning. The comment also apparently expressed sympathy for the Parkland, Florida, shooter, who recently killed 17 students at a high school there. 

Did a resisting arrest charge leave you feeling shocked?

Dealing with a criminal charge may not have been in your plans. In fact, you may have considered yourself someone who always tried to do the right thing and did not go out of your way to make unnecessary trouble. However, when the time came to question the unseemly actions of another person, you likely did not hesitate to do so. Unfortunately, you may have questioned the wrong person and ended up facing a criminal charge.

This type of scenario may seem unlikely, but it could happen. You could potentially face charges for resisting arrest if an officer believes that you have impeded his or her actions. Additionally, an arrest does not first have to be in progress before you could face an allegation of resisting. As a result, you could feel shocked to have such accusations brought against you.

Criminal defense: New York man arrested in attacks

A man has been arrested following the alleged attacks on two women who say they were slashed in the face. A 30-year-old man has been taken into custody by the New York Police Department following separate attacks that left two women injured. The man is likely currently focused on considering his criminal defense options. 

The record of this incident is incomplete at this time as police are continuing to investigate. However, they say that that a 60-year-old woman was assaulted around 1:50 p.m. the afternoon of Feb. 16. She says her attacker slashed her in the face, causing a wound that reportedly required 10 stitches to close. A second woman, aged 57, was reportedly attacked only minutes later in the same way. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

Criminal defense: New York man faces arson charges

A man has been arrested in connection with a building fire in 2017 that left dozens homeless in Hamilton Heights. The 34-year-old man was arrested by New York police and charged with assault, reckless endangerment and arson. The man was originally believed to have perished in the fire, but authorities later discovered he had fled the state. So far, no court date has been announced, though the man is likely focused on his criminal defense options. 

According to local news sources, the fire was allegedly set on Nov. 17, 2017 in an apartment building that housed some 35 families. The details of how this fire was allegedly set have not been made public at this time, but it has been confirmed that three firefighters were injured while attempting to put out the blaze. Nearly all of the people affected have been displaced by the destruction of their homes. 

Criminal defense: man charged in ex-wife's alleged murder

A man is facing murder charges following the death of his former wife from apparent strangulation, according to local sources. New York authorities arrested the 46-year-old man and his 20-year-old daughter. The man is currently being extradited to New York from his home state, though it is unclear if he or his daughter have retained criminal defense representation at this time. 

According to police records, the man's former wife was discovered dead some time ago. Medical authorities say she died of strangulation, but police say they have reason to believe her death was deliberately set up to appear to be the result of suicide. It is unclear how the investigation proceeded from there, but the man was arrested the week of Jan. 29. His daughter was also arrested, as she was believed to have been an accomplice to the alleged murder. 

Fully understanding drug charges may help when creating a defense

Even though laws are in place in order to help individuals avoid dangerous or unseemly situations, many people do not fully understand certain laws. As a result, you or any other New York resident could potentially end up facing criminal charges without even fully knowing that you broke the law. Of course, even if you do understand that certain actions fall outside the boundaries of legal behavior, you could make mistakes, wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time or face other circumstances that result in allegations against you.

You may be among the numerous people who feel a sense of panic when an officer stops your vehicle, comes to your home or approaches you in another capacity. Even if you feel you have done nothing wrong, police officers can easily invoke this type of reaction. You may feel even more panicked and confused if you end up facing charges for a drug crime.

Criminal defense: Man accused of assaulting New York cop

Police arrested and charged a man outside of Madison Square Garden following an alleged altercation between the man and a uniformed officer. New York police say the man, who has been identified as a 26-year-old resident of the Lower East Side, has been charged with robbery and assault in connection with the case. So far, they have not announced a court date, and it is unclear if the man has retained criminal defense representation.  

According to the report, officers were called to the stadium around 10:45 a.m. the morning of Jan. 28, after a female officer radioed for support. According to the officer on the scene, she was approached by the 26-year-old man who allegedly attempted to steal her sidearm from its holster. The officer said she was able to push the man away, at which point the man fled the scene. 

Criminal defense: murder charges filed against New York man

A man is facing serious charges for his alleged role in the death of an infant, according to police sources. New York authorities have arrested the 20-year-old man, who now faces murder charges related to the death of his girlfriend's baby. The man is likely focused on preparing his criminal defense at this time. 

The details of this tragic case are still being expanded upon, but as of this report it has been confirmed that rescue workers in Utica were called to investigate an injured infant. Upon arriving at the residence, medical personnel found the child with faint life signs and visible signs of head trauma. The girl was treated on-site and then transferred to a pediatric unit in Syracuse. She was pronounced dead a short time later. 

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