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Police accuse wife of complicity in alleged sex offenses

When sexual abuse takes place within a home or family in New York, there may be questions of whether bystanders have a duty to report the illegal activity and whether they can be arrested for a criminal offense for failing to do so. Where a man may be abusing a child, and his wife may be aware of it to some degree or another, can the authorities arrest the mother for a criminal violation in her own right? New York State Police would generally answer yes to that question as they did just recently in arresting a 51-year-old woman for allegedly knowing of her husband's sex offenses against a minor over a 10-year period.

The NYSP charged the 50-year-old man with Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 2nd Degree. The crime carries a maximum of seven years in prison. They charged the wife with endangering the welfare of a child. According to the authorities, the woman knew what was going on, but wasn't "trying to reach out to any local or state law enforcement to try and seek help" and to turn her husband in to the authorities. 

Sweeping bust: 72 people face drug charges

The New York State Police recently announced a massive drug sweep that took place in Upstate's Onondaga and Oswego counties, which includes Syracuse and its surroundings. After an 11-month investigation, authorities say that they have indicted over 72 people on drug charges, all of whom were allegedly involved in the heroin and cocaine trade in those locations. They say that they seized over 10,750 small bags filled with heroin that were ready to sell on the street.

State authorities also claim to have seized more than a pound of cocaine, oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. The drugs were allegedly brought from New York City and distributed in the aforementioned communities. Also taken in the raids were two handguns, an electric stun gun, rifles and about $40,000 in cash.

Investigating the process of drunk driving arrests in New York

Choosing to imbibe alcohol, then get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is usually not a good decision. Depending on one's blood alcohol content, it could also be against the law. Drunk driving continues to be problematic in New York and other states. 

Regardless of the events leading up to a drunk driving arrest, a person accused is entitled to present a strong defense in court. Chances of obtaining a positive income are typically increased when one acts alongside experienced legal representation. One of the first things a criminal defense attorney can do is investigate the process of an arrest to determine whether any personal rights of the defendant were violated.

Man charged with criminal offenses related to butt-slapping

A new kind of sexual offense has been discovered by the New York State Police and other state authorities -- it is called serial butt-slapping. Although the topic may sound frivolous, it is indeed important to the females who were allegedly exposed to the defendant's purported butt-slapping compulsion. Perhaps even more astounding, the authorities accuse the defendant of criminal offenses involving grabbing the butts of complete strangers.

Allegedly, the man picks women at random, touches their rear sections and quickly exits the scene. However, he was observed, and a description was given to police on at least two occasions, according to authorities. Although he allegedly masked the license plate on his pickup, one victim described the truck itself to police.

Ninja burglar will plead guilty to 3 felony charges

The man identified as the "Ninja Burglar" has been caught and apparently confessed to his nearly 150 burglaries that have occurred since 2005. The 46-year-old man was arrested on felony charges for breaking into homes in the middle of the night, dressed in the attire of a Ninja, and stealing from bedrooms while the occupants often were sleeping. One of the areas where he specialized his illegal craft was in upstate New York.

The man's guilty plea was apparently scheduled to take place in a New York court, according to police. The authorities say that he has admitted to the burglaries and has even described his various techniques to them. However, they have charged him with only three crimes due to the statute of limitations.

Felony charges filed in connection with municipal bond funding

Criminal defense work in New York often involves defending against the so-called white-collar offenses that are charged against business and professional people. These often involve charges against elected officials who are accused of illegally conspiring with persons or companies from the private sector. A recent arrest by federal authorities alleges felony charges of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy against an elected supervisor in the city of Ramapo and a former executive director of the Ramapo Local Development Corp.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also filed suit against numerous individuals and agencies, including the town of Ramapo. The charges stem from the financing of a minor league baseball park and the alleged criminal distribution of municipal bonds through deception and fraud. It is alleged that the defendants concealed Ramapo's deteriorating financial condition when marketing the municipal bonds.

Criminal offense of first degree assault carries stiff penalties

Assault charges in New York are very common. Any fight between two or more persons can result in assault charges. The charged offense can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. The range of imprisonment on this type of criminal offense can go from one year up to 25 years.

The New York State Police and local police recently collaborated in arresting a 20-year-old man on charges of first degree assault, which is a class B violent felony. The authorities allege that the defendant was in an altercation with a 21-year-old acquaintance in the early hours of April 6. They say that he repeatedly stabbed the other person with a knife in the head and torso.

Aggravated DWI can be a felony charge in New York

In New York it is a particularly egregious offense to be driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 16 as a passenger. This is popularly called Leandra's Law, which was passed in 2009 in memory of an 11-year-old girl who was killed while a passenger in a car driven by a DWI operator who lost control of her vehicle. The law provides for a punishment of up to four years in prison, even if the defendant is a first time offender.

In a recent arrest, a 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with a Leandra Law violation, which is a class E felony, when New York State Police found him to be intoxicated while driving with his 3-year-old son in the car. It is alleged that the man had an argument with his wife and drove off with the boy. State Police report that he was driving with a .09 percent blood alcohol level.

New criminal defense gets man released after 20 years

The innocence projects, aided by DNA evidence, have obtained the release of hundreds of prisoners who were unfairly and improperly jailed for crimes they did not commit. Exonerated prisoners have been released over the years in all states, including in New York. The interjection of a fresh and focused criminal defense and investigation into these cases has proved that the criminal justice system in America is flawed and not infallible.

Furthermore, the dehumanizing treatment in our prisons places a moral burden on society to compensate those who have been unfairly imprisoned, in addition to finding ways to prevent such calamities in the future. One prosecutorial mishap recently discovered involves the New York State prosecution of a 20-year-old man for the murder of a 16-year-old boy that he most likely did not commit. The defendant, now 40, was recently released from prison after spending the last 20 years of his life incarcerated.

Drug charges filed against 30 people arrested in Sullivan County

A drug dragnet was carried out in Sullivan County recently under the joint participation of a wide variety of federal and state officials. The New York State Police announced the raid, stating that law enforcement officers seized drugs, weapons, vehicles and cash. The drug charges filed were connected with what authorities said was a large amount of cocaine and heroin.

The State Police reported that they received information to start their investigation in Sept. of 2015. The information was in connection with the alleged distribution of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, focusing in Sullivan County. On March 9 and 10, police conducted their sweep and arrested 30 people, all reportedly members of a drug trafficking ring.