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Criminal defense: State director in New York charged with assault

An official in the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing serious charges after being accused of attacking her partner and possibly endangering her child. Melissa Quesada, the New York State director of Latino Affairs, is believed to have committed the attack back in November. She is due back in court in early February, where she will be represented by a criminal defense attorney who will work with her throughout her court proceedings. 

According to the criminal complaint originally filed by the DA's office in Westchester, Ms. Quesada is accused of leaving her infant child unattended in a tub before inciting an altercation with her former partner, the father of her child. The couple is now estranged as a result of the alleged attack. The indictment says the man suffered lacerations to his neck and became "harassed and frightened" as a result of her alleged behavior. The man filed a complaint with local police. 

DWI suspicion: Things to know about field sobriety tests

When a New York police officer pulls you over in traffic, it can be quite disconcerting. If the officer suspects you of DWI, the next 20 minutes or several hours of your life might be highly stressful. In fact, depending on how the situation unfolds, the traffic stop might not only affect that day but the rest of your life, especially if you face drunk driving charges in court.

You are not necessarily doing anything illegal if you consume alcohol then drive a motor vehicle. Like all motorists, you are legally obligated to fully adhere to all traffic laws and safety regulations. In this state, if the court convicts you of DWI, it means there was evidence that your blood alcohol content level was .08 or higher at the time of your arrest.

Criminal defense: Man charged with murder, sexual abuse

A 21-year-old man is facing serious charges after being accused of the assault of a 92-year-old woman in Queens. The New York woman was initially believed to have died of a fall, but subsequent investigation by New York law enforcement authorities led police to believe her death was actually a murder. The man faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. He will be represented by a criminal defense attorney throughout all court proceedings. 

According to the report, somewhere in the early hours of Jan. 6, a 92-year-old woman was walking near her home when she was approached by a person believed to be the accused man. The individual threw her on the ground before sexually assaulting her. The attacker apparently fled the scene after the assault. 

Criminal defense: New York man charged with felony DWI

A man from out of state is facing serious charges after he was pulled over by state police on Jan. 5, according to local sources. The New York State Police stopped the man, who has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. No court date has been announced, but the man will be represented by a criminal defense attorney from that point forward. 

According to the arrest record, police say they witnessed the suspected individual committing a traffic violation, prompting them to pull him over. They did not make mention of what the alleged violation was, but they did confirm that upon speaking with the 37-year-old male driver, they came to the determination that he was intoxicated. They did not comment specifically on what led them to this conclusion. 

Criminal defense: New York woman faces hate crime charge

A woman in Brooklyn who has been accused of slapping three different women in the face is now facing hate crime charges, according to police. New York authorities have charged the woman with attempted assault as a hate crime. She has been released without bail, but her criminal defense attorney could not be reached for comment. 

According to the report, the 30-year-old woman is believed to have assaulted three different women in the Crown Heights area. The alleged victims are between the ages of 22 and 31, and thankfully, all three reported only minor pain as a result of the attacks. Crown Heights is known for its large Jewish population, where a number of related incidents have been reported in the last month. Police intend to step up their presence in this area to discourage more attacks. 

Criminal defense: man misses DWI sentencing

Those who face charges of driving while intoxicated likely know how serious the potential punishment may be. What they may not realize is just how long lasting the effects of a DWI conviction can be in several different facets of a person's life. This is why it is important that those charged with DWI ensure that they have a strong criminal defense strategy, particularly if they have had a prior conviction. This can be seen in the recent case of one New York man who did not attend his sentencing hearings for his DWI charges and is now facing serious jail time.

According to authorities, the man pleaded guilty earlier this year to two felony counts of DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving without an ignition interlock device. A judge warned him that if he failed to attend his sentencing hearing, or if he was arrested before the hearing, he could be punished with a significant jail sentence. Otherwise, he would receive a sentence of 2 1/3 years to 7 years.

Reasons why many New York residents may drink alcohol

You might count yourself among those in New York who enjoy imbibing beverages containing alcohol on occasion. Maybe you've never considered yourself a drinker, but you do like to drink a cold beer or glass of wine or other beverage when you get together with friends or family for the holidays or go out on a date. On the other hand, you might also be one of thousands of others in this state who have struggled with an alcohol addiction.

If you were to conduct a survey to ask 100 people who admit to consuming alcohol on occasion or a regular basis why they drink, you might hear numerous different answers. You yourself might relate to one or more of the responses. When planning to imbibe, it's always best to understand how alcohol affects the human body, and you should know where to seek support if a problem arises.

Criminal defense: 13-year-old charged with murder

The tragic death of a freshman at Barnard College is being attributed to a 13-year-old boy, who has been charged with murder. New York authorities arrested the boy in Manhattan after the alleged attack. Police say they are searching for additional suspects in this case, with a second person being in custody, but no charges against that individual have been filed. There is no word as to whether the boy has been assigned criminal defense representation. 

Police do not have a full understanding of how this event came to occur, but it has been confirmed that the victim was attacked sometime before 7 p.m. the night of Dec. 12. Authorities found the woman stabbed several times, after she left the building and attracted the attention of a security guard who called 911 on her behalf. Unfortunately, the woman did not survive the attack.

Criminal defense: seven face drug crime charges

Police in Moreau arrested seven people on suspicion of selling drugs, according to local sources. New York State Police conducted the arrests, which involved Troop G's Violent Gangs Narcotic Enforcement team. Trial dates have not been set for the individuals arrested at this time, but when they appear in court, they will each be represented by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to the team based in northern Saratoga County, the operation cracked down on seven individuals believed to be selling drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, crack and marijuana. All seven were said to be operating from an apartment on Route 9. It does not appear that anyone was harmed during the arrests. 

Criminal defense: Man charged with attempted murder

A man accused of assaulting his 2-year-old child and the child's mother is in custody in Brooklyn, according to police sources. New York Police Department officers have charged the man with child endangerment, assault and attempted murder for his alleged role in the attack. The man was set to be arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court as of Dec. 1, where he was likely represented by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to the bizarre report, neighbors in the apartment building heard screams and called police. Officers arrived on the scene and found the 2-year-old child with a puncture wound to the temple, as well as the child's 24-year-old mother suffering from lacerations on her forearm and leg. Both were taken to local hospitals, where the child was listed as being in serious but stable condition. The mother was treated and released. 

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