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Criminal defense: Man charged with killing his father

A man has been charged with second-degree murder following the stabbing death of his father in an apartment in Amityville, according to local sources. New York police in Suffolk County arrested the 32-year-old man, who could face serious jail time if he is found guilty. Police say their investigation is continuing, and no trial date has been set at this time. It is also unknown if the man has criminal defense representation. 

According to the preliminary investigation, it appears the man's father, 72, was engaged in a video chat on Zoom around noon on May 21 when the incident occurred. For reasons that have not been made clear, the 32-year-old reportedly approached his father from behind and stabbed him. Several people on the Zoom call reportedly witnessed the attack and called 911. The younger man is said to have fled the scene. 

Criminal defense: 2 men face murder charges in New York

Two men accused of shooting and killing a father in his apartment before attempting to flee the scene in a taxi have been apprehended by local police. New York authorities in Manhattan arrested both men on the night of May 15. They both face multiple charges, including robbery and weapon and drug possession. As of this report, it is unclear whether either man has yet retained criminal defense representation. 

According to the police report, it appears the two men, aged 29 and 25, may have been attempting to rob the victim of drugs. The victim, a 25-year-old father of two, was shot in the chest in his apartment after an alleged argument between the three men. His wife, who was in another room at the time, claims she heard the gunshot and witnessed the two men running from her home. Medical personnel rushed the man to a local hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. 

Criminal defense: man faces attempted homicide charge

A 23-year-old man who was beaten by a crowd after allegedly shooting another man is now in custody, according to local police. New York officials in the Bronx arrested the man for attempted criminally negligent homicide after he allegedly shot another man with whom he was involved in a fight. Police also arrested a second man, who authorities say attempted to abscond with the alleged murder weapon. Arraignments for both men are pending at this time, and it is unclear whether either man has retained criminal defense counsel at this time. 

According to the report, it appears the suspected man was involved in a fistfight with the victim, a 39-year-old man. Apparently, the younger man was losing the fight, whereupon he allegedly pulled a pistol and opened fire, striking his opponent in both thighs. A group of onlookers then reportedly descended on the shooter, attacking and beating him. While the man attempted to fend off his attackers, he also allegedly passed the gun to a 22-year-old man who was arrested by police a few blocks away. 

Drunk driving: Tests police use to determine probable cause

When you're driving along a New York highway, a police officer might attempt to pull you over in a traffic stop. Such situations can immediately cause your heart to beat faster and blood pressure to rise, especially if you have no idea why he or she is stopping you. If the police officer who approaches your vehicle asks you to take a field sobriety test, you can bet he or she thinks you're an impaired driver.

Talk about high levels of stress. If you happen to be the type of person who has severe test anxiety, then a request to take a field sobriety test would likely cause you great distress. There are several things you should know about such tests, including the fact that you are not legally obligated to comply with an officer's request to take one.

Criminal defense: Woman charged with manslaughter in New York

A woman in Brooklyn who is believed to have stabbed another woman to death has been apprehended, according to local sources. The 20-year-old woman was tracked down by a joint task force led by New York State police and now faces a manslaughter charge. She is currently awaiting arraignment in a Brooklyn criminal court, and it is unclear whether she has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the report filed by police, it appears the 20-year-old woman is believed to have stabbed a 21-year-old mother of two on March 26. The victim was visiting a male friend at the time, but when questioned, the man was unable to provide police a clear depiction of what had happened. The victim's mother mentioned that her daughter and the alleged assailant had argued earlier in the day, but she could not say what caused the argument. 

Criminal defense: 2 arrested after alleged drunk-driving crash

A driver was arrested following a single-vehicle accident in New Rochelle, and her passenger was later arrested as well, according to local sources. New York police placed both women in custody after they say they found the driver to be intoxicated. Charges are pending against both women, and they are expected to appear in New Rochelle court on June 15, though it is not clear whether either woman has retained a criminal defense attorney at this time. 

According to the report, around 11:50 p.m. the night of Aprill 22, a single-vehicle accident took place. The details of the accident were not included in the report, but no injuries were sustained by the 26-year-old female driver, the 27-year-old female passenger, or any bystanders. However, police on the scene said the driver, who was from out of state, was intoxicated. They did not include their rationale for this decision in the report, nor was it mentioned whether roadside sobriety tests were conducted. 

Criminal defense: 3 arrested on alleged drug offenses

Two brothers and a third man have been arrested following a drug bust in the Bronx, according to local sources. Elements of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted the raid in conjunction with federal agents and reportedly turned up a considerable amount of heroin. The three individuals are facing serious drug charges that could land them in prison if they are found guilty. So far, there has been no word as to whether any of the accused individuals have retained criminal defense representation. 

According to the report, one of the two brothers was arrested back in November in the midst of conducting an alleged drug deal. He pleaded guilty to the charge of drug possession, which prompted authorities to keep a close eye on his brother's activities. Authorities say the apartment the two men share has been under surveillance ever since. 

Know how to protect your rights

Whether or not you were already born on June 13, 1966, something significant occurred on that day in a U.S. Supreme Court. It was on that day that the highest court in the land handed down a ruling regarding protection of personal rights during police interrogation. If police ever pulled you over in New York for a traffic stop or arrested you on suspicion of a crime, you understand how highly stressful such situations can be.

Perhaps, you're unsure what your rights are or how to exercise them when a police officer or team of investigators has taken you into custody or is questioning you. It's a fact that the more you know ahead of time, the easier it is to protect your rights if a problem arises down the line.

Criminal defense: Man arrested for alleged vandalism

A number of nurses in Cortlandt left a shift the morning of April 10 to find the tires of their vehicles slashed, according to a recent report. Police responded to the call from New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, where some 22 vehicles were reportedly vandalized. A man has been taken into custody under suspicion of committing this crime. He has scheduled court appearances beginning in late May, though it is unclear whether he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the incident report, nurses leaving an overnight shift reportedly discovered the damage to their vehicles around 7 a.m., which is when they alerted police. Officers arrived and cordoned off the area with the help of local fire and emergency services. It is unclear why the individual they arrested, a 29-year-old local man, was suspected for this crime. 

Woman would benefit from criminal defense after DWI

A New York woman is facing serious criminal charges after a drunk driving incident that resulted in damage to personal property. She is also facing charges that involve leaving the scene of an accident. At this point, she would benefit from developing a criminal defense strategy that allows her to effectively confront these charges and protect her future interests.

The DWI charges came after an investigation into an accident that left a mailbox damaged. Police were called to an area of Conesus after someone reported a pickup truck driving erratically. The vehicle was missing a tire, and the driver supposedly came close to hitting a guardrail multiple times. Police finally located the vehicle and made a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving.

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