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Criminal defense: New York man faces drunk driving charges

A man accused of being under the influence of alcohol behind the wheel is in custody, according to local sources. New York Police Department officers apprehended the man following an accident involving several parked cars. He is currently in custody in Brooklyn, with no word as to whether he has retained criminal defense representation. 

Details about the accident are still being collected by the NYPD, but it has been confirmed that around 1 a.m. the 33-year-old driver appeared to lose control of his vehicle, striking several parked cars. Photos taken at the scene suggest the man must have been traveling at a high rate of speed, which may account for the serious damage done both to the parked vehicles and his own vehicle. It does not appear any of the parked vehicles were occupied at the time of the crash. 

Criminal defense: New York driver charged with drunk driving

A 24-year-old man is in custody following a series of events police believe to be based upon a drunk driving incident. New York police arrested the man and his passenger in Brooklyn after the man allegedly struck a police officer with his car before kicking off a police chase that ended in a crash. No court date has been announced for either individual at this point, and it is unclear whether either individual has secured criminal defense representation.  

According to the report, police were called around 5 a.m. the morning of Dec. 2 to respond to an altercation outside a nightclub in Midwood. Police found the man and his passenger, a 25-year-old woman, inside the vehicle, whereupon the driver gunned the engine and allegedly struck one of the officers on foot before driving off. Police gave chase, following the speeding vehicle for some three miles. 

Don't take a charge of lying to the government lying down

If you are facing accusations of lying to a government official, you may understandably be worried about the potential consequences. This type of crime is far from a minor infraction, as it is a felony that can lead to prison time in the event of a conviction.

Fortunately, just because you face a charge of lying to federal officials in New York does not mean you are automatically guilty. Prosecutors have to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt -- a standard that exists in an effort to protect innocent individuals from facing punishment for crimes they did not commit.

Criminal defense: New York man charged with murder

The shooting death of a 20-year-old man in Brooklyn has resulted in an arrest, according to police. New York authorities arrested another 20-year-old man after the alleged murder took place. So far, it is unclear whether the accused man has retained criminal defense counsel, and no court date has yet been announced. 

Very few details about the attack have been released to the public by law enforcement authorities. However, police say the incident took place on the afternoon of Nov. 24 in a check-cashing store in Brooklyn. Police were called to the scene, where they found a 20-year-old man unresponsive and bleeding from a wound in his leg that was later determined to be a gunshot wound. 

Criminal defense: New York student charged with hate crime

A student at prestigious Cornell University is facing a serious allegation after being accused of committing a hate crime against a black peer, according to the school's report. The 19-year-old student has been charged with assault following an alleged attack New York police believe was racially motivated. The student has retained criminal defense counsel, which has released a statement declaring the student's innocence. 

The details of the alleged attack and the events leading up to it are still unclear at this time, but it has been confirmed that an unnamed black student came forward in September about being assaulted by several people. The student claims his attackers, who he says counts the 19-year-old among them, shouted racial slurs at him prior to the assault. The student was allegedly assaulted outside his home near Cornell campus. 

Criminal defense: Former farm worker charged with murder

A former migrant worker from Guatemala is facing serious charges following the death of his former employer in northern Westchester County. New York state authorities took part in a massive international effort to apprehend the man, believed to have murdered an 83-year-old socialite whose farm he used to work on. It is unclear whether the man has sought criminal defense representation at this time. 

The report spans the last two years, back to Nov. 9, 2015 when the body of the socialite was discovered in the laundry room of her 300-acre horse farm in North Salem. The authorities believe her death was caused by blunt-force trauma to the head. No sign of forced entry was discovered, and while police did not find the murder weapon, they believe it may have been a small fire extinguisher that was missing from the property. 

Criminal defense: Rapper faces DUI in New York

A prominent rapper from a neighboring state is facing serious charges after being arrested the morning of Nov. 3. New York police say they have charged Fetty Wap, real name Willie Maxwell II, with DUI and a host of other driving infractions after he was pulled over for allegedly drag racing. It is unclear whether he has retained criminal defense representation at this time or if he is still in police custody.

According to police reports, the rapper was observed driving 100 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone around 1:00 a.m. Police believe he may have been racing another vehicle, but there has been no word as to whether any other drivers were also arrested. The officer on the scene asked the rapper for his identification, which was apparently an expired license from his home state.

Criminal defense: Man charged with drunk driving in New York

A man accused of going the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway has been taken into custody, according to local police. New York authorities arrested the out-of-state man and charged him with DUI along with several other charges. It is unknown at this time whether he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the police report, a 56-year-old man apparently entered the Long Island Expressway headed eastbound in the westbound lane near Exit 40. Apparently the driver realized his error and attempted a U-turn, which took him across several lanes of traffic. The man came to a stop near Exit 44 on the side of the road. 

Understanding a conspiracy charge and how to protect your rights

Facing a charge of criminal conspiracy can naturally be unsettling. The whirlwind of thoughts swimming in your head may include how the charge will affect your reputation and especially your future.

Fortunately, even if you face a federal conspiracy charge in New York, this does not automatically mean you committed a crime. Prosecutors have to prove that you engaged in criminal activity before a conviction can happen.

Criminal defense: New York woman faces DWI charges

A woman in upstate New York is accused of being intoxicated behind the wheel with two children in her vehicle, according to local authorities. New York State Police charged the woman after pulling her over on the evening of Oct. 24. It is unknown at this time whether she has retained criminal defense counsel.

According to the police report, a state trooper saw the 37-year-old woman's vehicle swerving across the center lane into oncoming traffic while headed eastbound. When an officer pulled her over, he said he detected the smell of alcohol on her breath. As a result, he conducted sobriety tests, which the woman reportedly failed. She was arrested and taken into custody for DWI. 

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