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Criminal defense: Man faces illegal animal charges

A 71-year-old man is in custody following an investigation by the Department of Environmental Conservation that turned up a bizarre menagerie in his home. New York authorities say they conducted the "largest seizure of illegal reptiles" in the history of the state when they raided the man's house. If the man is convicted, he could spend years in prison. It is unclear whether he has retained criminal defense counsel at this time.

This unusual story began with an investigation into the activities of the man after wildlife officials received a tip about a mass of animals being kept in a residence in Allegany, near Niagra Falls. When authorities went to the man's home in August of last year, they say they found a cornucopia of reptiles, including nearly 300 turtles, 20 boxes of turtle eggs, three king cobras and several Gila monsters. Many of these reptiles are on the endangered species list, and the cobras and Gila monsters are among the most deadly animals on earth. 

Criminal defense: 3 plead guilty to terrorism charges

Three men in New York accepted plea deals as part of an ongoing case detailing their involvement in a plot to attack an Islamic community center. The three men, aged 19-20, were represented by criminal defense attorneys during trial proceedings, which saw additional charges dropped as part of the plea deals offered to them. They will face prison sentences between four and 12 years, as reported by the New York District Attorney's office in Monroe County. 

According to the case, the three men along with a minor whose charges are still pending were arrested back in January. A student at a local high school in Greece, New York reported overhearing them talking about making bombs to assault a Muslim community called Islamberg in Delaware County. The community is home to some several hundred Muslim-Americans. 

Criminal defense: Cardi B faces assault charges

A Grammy award-winning rapper is facing felony charges regarding an alleged fight that occurred at a strip club last year. Cardi B is charged with two counts of felony attempted assault for her alleged role in the fight in New York. Her criminal defense representation claims she did not harm any one, but she is set to appear at an arraignment the week of June 24 in Queens. 

The details of the alleged incident were not made clear in the media report, but it has been confirmed that Cardi B (whose real name is Belacis Almanzar) was at a strip club in New York City on Aug. 29 when an argument apparently broke out. It appears Almanzar got into an altercation with a bartender, leading to a fight that involved thrown chairs, bottles and hookahs. The bartender is said to have suffered minor injuries, as did another employee. 

Facing enhanced penalties for a DWI

A DWI is one of the most common criminal charges a driver can face. You may know someone or even several people who have gone through this unpleasant and embarrassing experience. That doesn't mean it is one you can brush off as inconsequential, though. A drunk driving conviction, even for a first offense, can bring you a lifetime of complications, including financial struggles, professional setbacks and personal frustrations.

As severe as DWI penalties are currently, lawmakers and safety advocates are always striving to keep drunk drivers off the streets, and this includes adding tougher penalties to deter people from getting behind the wheel after drinking. However, as tough as the consequences of a DWI conviction can be, there are some factors that can intensify your penalties even more.

Criminal defense: Cuba Gooding Jr. faces sexual abuse charge

The actor made famous by his roles in films like "Jerry Maguire" voluntarily surrendered to police after it was alleged that he groped a woman at a party, according to local sources. Cuba Gooding Jr. surrendered to New York authorities in Harlem on June 6 and now faces charges of third-degree forcible touching and sexual abuse. If he is found guilty, he could face up to a year behind bars, and it is unknown whether he has retained criminal defense counsel at this time.

The report does not go into great detail about the alleged incident, but it has been confirmed that he was accused by unknown parties of groping a woman's breast at a rooftop party the weekend before. The 51-year-old actor has not publicly spoken about the alleged incident at this time. However, police say the incident allegedly happened the night of June 2 at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, an exclusive bar atop the Moxy NYC Times Square Hotel. It is not clear who was hosting the party, or if they were aware of the alleged activity.

Criminal defense vital when facing serious criminal charges

Circumstances often make one appear to be either guilty or innocent. In addition, emotions often play an important role in forming the public's opinion regarding the individual. As a result, a strong criminal defense is often required whenever a New York resident finds him or herself facing serious criminal charges.

One New York family, who was living in a local hotel, recently reported their 8-month-old child missing. Law enforcement personnel responded to the 911 call and found the father, apparently without clothing, in the vicinity of the hotel. The father then directed the officers to a nearby pond where the child was discovered. Initial evidence suggests that the child drowned. The father was arrested; he is being held without bail and is facing first-degree murder charges.

Criminal defense: Woman faces murder charges

A woman believed to have allowed her child to die of a drug overdose is facing murder charges, according to local sources. The 23-year-old woman stands accused of killing her 1-year-old son. She is being held by New York authorities against $250,000 bail, in advance of a trial date that has not yet been announced. There is no word as to whether she has retained criminal defense representation. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, the woman discovered her child unresponsive sometime on Dec. 27, 2018. The infant was rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. By March of this year, coroners had confirmed the child's death was caused by ingestion of several illegal narcotics. Police say the apartment where the woman lived was also used to package cocaine, heroin and fentanyl. 

Criminal defense: Driver charged in motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist was tragically killed after reportedly being struck by a vehicle in the early morning of May 27, according to local sources. New York police say they have arrested the driver of the vehicle for suspected drunk driving. So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the driver has retained criminal defense counsel at this time. 

According to the report, around 3:55 a.m. a 28-year-old motorcyclist was making a left turn on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. A 24-year-old woman in a car was driving northbound when she apparently struck the man. He was thrown from his motorcycle and rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. 

White collar crime: serious charges merit a serious defense

When a New York resident is facing criminal charges, he or she will want to move forward with developing a strong defense strategy. If you face charges for a crime, you may be unsure of how to move forward or what you can to do protect your interests. This may be especially true if you find yourself facing allegations related to white-collar criminal activities.

White collar crimes are offenses committed with the goal of financial gain. You may not think that these charges are that serious, but despite the fact that no one received an injury, there are strict laws in place prohibiting financial crime. These are federal offenses, which means you could be looking at time behind bars and other serious penalties. The stakes are high, but you do not have to face it alone.

Criminal defense: New York cop accused of murder-for-hire

A police officer with the New York Police Department is facing career-ending charges after she was accused of attempting to take a hit out on her estranged husband as well as the daughter of her current boyfriend. New York sources have reported the woman is believed to have attempted to hire someone to kill both individuals, a scenario that seems to be supported by evidence. Her criminal defense attorney's argument for bail was overruled, and she remains in police custody at this time. 

According to the bizarre story, the woman reportedly confided in her current boyfriend about her alleged plans to have her estranged husband murdered. The boyfriend reached out to authorities, who believed his story despite her father's insistence that the boyfriend was lying. Police clandestinely arranged for an informant to meet with the woman, who allegedly handed over $7,000 in cash to be converted into gold coin currency with which to pay hit men. 

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