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Criminal defense: 2 charged with alleged drug crimes

Two men are facing potential jail time after their residence was raided by police in a drug sting on Nov. 30. New York authorities executed a search warrant on the Long Island residence and arrested both men, who are believed to be guilty of drug-related crimes. Both men were facing arraignment as of this report, though it is unclear whether either has retained criminal defense representation.

Police in Suffolk County said they had been investigating both men, aged 27 and 30, for some time prior to attaining the search warrant. Around 4:27 p.m., elements of several law enforcement agencies, including Emergency Service Section, gang and crime units, and special operations teams from two different precincts launched a coordinated effort to investigate the residence. They say they found considerable evidence at the scene, including what they believe to be unknown quantities of cocaine, marijuana and heroin. They also say they found drug paraphernalia, as well as cell phones, a vehicle and cash they believe were used to aid in drug distribution.

Criminal defense: 3 face drug charges in New York

An unexpected bust has led to the arrest of three individuals on Long Island, according to local authorities in New York. Police in Westbury have arrested three people after they were allegedly caught with drugs earlier in November. It is not clear at this time whether these individuals have retained criminal defense counsel, nor has a court date been announced publicly.

According to the police report, officers on patrol in Westbury happened upon a vehicle parked in a secluded and dark section of a movie theater parking lot. When police approached the vehicle that they believed was suspicious, they saw three people -- two men and a woman -- inside the car. These individuals were allegedly in possession of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, though police did not clarify how they confirmed this estimation.

Are you facing accusations of tax fraud?

Taxes are a part of financial reality that many New York residents wish they did not have to handle. However, you and every other hardworking American have a legal obligation to report your income to the Internal Revenue Service, determine your tax obligation amount and pay that amount in full. The complicated nature of correctly filing taxes only adds to the uncomfortable feeling you and many other people have when it comes to paying taxes.

Another uncomfortable feeling that could affect you is if someone accuses you of tax fraud. This accusation means that someone suspects you of trying to get out of paying your taxes or paying all of your taxes by defrauding the government.

Criminal defense: New York woman faces charges for car theft

A 52-year-old homeless woman has been accused of a serious crime following the alleged theft of a vehicle, according to local sources. New York police have reported the woman is in custody after she allegedly stole a car with a 2-year-old child in the back seat. It is unclear whether she has been assigned or sought out criminal defense counsel at this time. 

According to the limited report, a woman parked her vehicle with her 2-year-old daughter inside at a corner in East New York while she ran into a store. She also apparently left the keys in the vehicle and the door open. At this point, the 52-year-old woman is believed to have entered the vehicle and tried to abscond with it. She apparently struck a 36-year-old man on a bicycle, who has been hospitalized with minor injuries, before crashing into several parked cars. 

Criminal defense: woman charged with alleged drug offense

A woman is facing serious charges after being accused of a repeat drug offense, according to local sources. Police in Plattsburgh City, New York, arrested the 24-year-old woman on Nov. 6 after what is believed to be a lengthy investigation into her activities. She is currently being held against $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond in advance of a Dec. 10 court date. It is unclear if she has retained criminal defense representation at this time.

According to police on the scene, a warrant was issued by a local city court justice for her arrest. Officers apprehended her on Nov. 6 and allegedly found her to be in possession of some 24 grams of what is believed to be cocaine. The details of her arrest were not included in this report.

Criminal defense: Alec Baldwin charged with assault

Actor Alec Baldwin has been charged with assault after an alleged altercation over a parking spot, according to local police. New York authorities arrested Baldwin after he was accused of having assaulted a 49-year-old man. The actor was also charged with harassment. Baldwin's criminal defense representation has declined to comment on the ongoing legal process. 

According to police, the incident happened in Manhattan on 10th street, sometime on Nov. 2. Apparently a dispute over a parking space broke out between Baldwin and another man, who was taken to a local hospital after the altercation was broken up by authorities. Hospital staff say he is in stable condition, but suffered an injury to the left side of his jaw. 

Criminal defense: New York men face drug charges

An investigation that began in January has resulted in three arrests on Long Island, according to local sources. New York police arrested three men believed to be responsible for selling narcotics out of a barber shop authorities say they used as a front for their alleged activities. For the moment, it is unclear whether the men have retained criminal defense counsel in advance of a trial date which has not been announced.

The three men, aged 41, 64 and 33 respectively, were all arrested following a lengthy investigation by Suffolk County authorities into potential sale of fentanyl (falsely labeled as heroin) and cocaine. All three men are believed to have either worked at or patronized the barber shop fingered as the potential source of these drugs. Police believe two of the men coordinated narcotics sales while a third man was also involved peripherally.

Drug crimes carry stiff penalties, but you can fight back

The feeling of cold metal surrounds your wrists, and you feel as though you are dreaming. Unfortunately, the sound of a police officer reading your Miranda rights, coupled with the red and blue flashing lights in the background, tell you otherwise. Unfortunately, you are being arrested for an alleged drug crime -- your worst nightmare.

To make your situation worse, your arrest is taking place in New York -- a state that is known to have some of the most stringent drug laws across the United States. Here is a glimpse at what you need to know if police arrest you for drug distribution, manufacturing or trafficking:

Criminal defense: Man faces hate crime charges

A 37-year-old Staten Island resident is under arrest after being accused of a hate crime, according to local news. New York authorities arrested the man for his alleged connection to the beating of an Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn. If he is convicted, he could face serious jail time, but he will be represented in court by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to the report, the 62-year-old Orthodox man was traveling to a local synagogue on the morning of Oct. 14 when the attack happened. The victim said his assailant was not speaking English, and that he could only make out a few words including "Allah" and "Israel." Based on this characterization, police apparently suspected the crime could have been hate-motivated.

Criminal defense: Company operator charged with homicide

A 28-year-old operator of a limousine business has found himself charged with homicide after a crash that took the lives of 20 people on Oct. 6. The man, who operates the service in New York State, is being charged by prosecutors for the crash, which they say was caused by negligent maintenance. The man's criminal defense representation has come out strongly against these charges, saying that the client is unequivocally not guilty.

The details of the crash were not articulated, because the case focuses more upon the factors that led to the tragic accident. According to the New York State Police Superintendant, the vehicle involved in the crash did not meet numerous safety standards. Police say the 28-year-old had been informed by the Department of Transportation back in September that the vehicle was unfit to be on the road. It is alleged that the man knew this, but chose to keep the vehicle in operation regardless.

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