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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. 

Criminal defense: New York man faces DUI charges

A man is facing serious charges after his vehicle reportedly severed a woman's leg, according to local sources. New York Police Department officers in Tribeca responded to the accident and arrested the 27-year-old driver.  So far, no court date has been announced, and it is unclear whether the man has retained criminal defense counsel at this time. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, it is suspected that the 27-year-old man may have been intoxicated around 10 p.m. the night of May 10. The report says the man attempted to make a high-speed U-turn in an intersection. Unfortunately, the 42-year-old female victim and a man, aged 20, were also in the intersection at the time. The man suffered minor injuries, but the woman was pinned to a utility pole by the driver's car. 

Criminal defense: Baseball coach faces sex assault charges

A high school junior varsity coach in New York is under fire after allegedly interfering with one of his players, according to local sources. The baseball coach, who works in Islip School District, has already been fired from his role at the school after being arrested. He was set to be arraigned shortly thereafter, after which a criminal trial will be set. He will be represented by a criminal defense team throughout the proceedings. 

According to the limited information provided in the report, the 25-year-old man is believed to have inappropriately touched a 16-year-old female student at the high school where he works. The incident is believed to have taken place around 8:20 p.m. the evening of May 2 on school grounds. The girl reported the alleged incident to school authorities.

Criminal defense: Retired officer faces drunk driving charges

A former New York City police officer is facing serious charges after a car crash that reportedly killed his passenger. The 48-year-old New York resident was arraigned on April 25 for an alleged drunk driving incident that claimed the life of a 32-year-old man. The former officer is due back in court on June 12, where he will be represented by a criminal defense attorney. It is unknown if he has sought legal counsel at this time. 

According to the report, the man attempted to drive home after he and his two companions left a nightclub back in January. Unfortunately, his vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple trees before finally overturning on a private residence's front lawn. His back-seat passenger, a 32-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene when officials arrived. 

The dreaded alcohol breath test -- are the results reliable?

Anyone who pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in the state of New York knows just how anxiety inducing it is to be asked to submit to sobriety testing. Most people do participate because they feel that they have to, though you can refuse if you would rather not participate. There are consequences for refusing an alcohol breath test, but there may be consequences for submitting to one as well.

Consequences aside, one thing everyone wants to know is whether breath tests results reliable. Makers of the devices and even the Department of Transportation say that they are, but many experts agree that they are not without fault.

Criminal defense: Rapper faces border charges

Noted rapper Kodak Black was arrested with his entourage while attempting to re-enter the United States at the Canadian border, according to local news and entertainment sources. The 21-year-old performer, whose real name is Bill Kapri, is facing weapon and drug charges after his vehicle was searched at the border. He will appear in a New York court to face these charges, where he will be represented by a criminal defense attorney. 

The details of the border stop were not outlined in this report, but it has been confirmed that Black was traveling with three other men, all of whom are originally from Florida, when they attempted to cross the border in Niagara Falls. For reasons unknown, agents searched Black's vehicle, reportedly finding marijuana and a 9mm pistol. All four men were arrested on the scene. 

Criminal defense: New York man faces drug crime charges

A man in Lockport was arrested on the morning of April 16 after a search of his home allegedly revealed drugs, according to local sources. Police in the town in conjunction with Niagara County Sheriff's deputies as well as the New York State Police launched the search following a months-long investigation into the man's alleged activities. He was expected to make his first court appearance on April 17, alongside a criminal defense attorney.

Few details have been included in the report of the 59-year-old man's arrest. However, it has been confirmed that police in the area had long suspected him of manufacturing methamphetamine in his home. With this in mind, a search warrant was obtained to raid the suspected meth lab. The raid occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on the morning in question. 

Criminal defense: New York man charged with uttering threats

The Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York has confirmed the arrest of a 55-year-old man for allegedly uttering death threats to a member of the U.S. Congress. The New York man was arrested after allegedly calling the offices of  Rep. Ilhan Omar. The man appeared before a magistrate on April 5, and was set to attend a detention hearing on April 10, presumably alongside his criminal defense counsel. 

According to the report, which was compiled by the FBI on March 21, the man apparently called the office of the second-ever Muslim representative elected to Congress. The report claims the man repeatedly swore at the staffer who answered the phone, accusing Rep. Omar of being a "terrorist" and asking whether the staffer worked for the Muslim Brotherhood. The man reportedly sounded "angry" on the phone, but also curiously provided accurate contact information and the spelling of his name to the staffer. 

Criminal defense: New York man faces charges

A man in Crown Heights is facing serious charges following a harrowing car and foot chase through the streets of the Brooklyn neighborhood on March 29. New York police apprehended the man after he was tackled by a good Samaritan while allegedly attempting to flee authorities. He was expected to be arraigned on April 6, where he will be represented by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to the report, police in the Crown Heights area responded to reports of a man allegedly carrying a gun. Apparently the man had been driving a luxury vehicle which struck several cars before jumping a curb and entering the sidewalk area. The suspected individual reportedly exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away from the crash site. 

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