Sometimes, a series of events escalates and snowballs out of control, leading to unforeseen consequences. One mistake or action that may have felt small or insignificant at the time quickly turns into something more. While this is no excuse for illegal activity, of course, it can mean that many individuals suddenly find themselves accused of a crime, not knowing what to expect, confused, scared and worried. Attempting to navigate New York's complex legal system on one's own can be overwhelming. In such situations, the savvy legal counsel of a criminal defense attorney can prove invaluable.
Take, for instance, a case in New York involving a man and his son. At around 5:30 on a recent Sunday afternoon, the 10-year-old boy was apparently alone in the family car. According to police reports, it was then that he discovered gummy candy infused with tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana. Officials believe that the child ingested at least one piece of the candy, which contained 250 mg of THC.
The boy was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. However, the incident was reported to police as a possible overdose. Because of this, the boy's 37-year-old father was arrested and the marijuana candy taken into evidence. The father now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, along with pending possession charges for the marijuana candy.
Of course, only those directly involved in the incident may know the whole story, but it seems apparent that the entire occurrence was unintentional, and that when the boy was in danger, steps were taken to ensure he received the proper care and attention. This fact could potentially be used in the defense strategy employed by the man's legal counsel, though at this point it is impossible to speculate what course of action any defense might take. A seasoned New York criminal defense attorney can be crucial in devising the best defense strategies aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for the circumstances presented.
Source: pix11.com, "Boy, 10, eats marijuana candy left in Ramapo, New York family???s vehicle: police", Ashley Soley-Cerro, May 15, 2017