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Allegedy failing to wear a seat belt leads to drug charges for 2

When stopped for a traffic violation, many individuals over the years have been accused of additional offenses following a search of the vehicle. Those who face these circumstances have rights that must not be violated in the process, and many of them have subsequently been accused of drug charges soon thereafter. Two people in New York were recently arrested under similar circumstances, one of whom is now facing felony charges.

Police advised that the traffic stop was initiated after they allegedly noticed that the driver was not wearing a seat belt. Upon approaching the vehicle, they claim that there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from within. A search of the vehicle allegedly unearthed various amounts of marijuana and cocaine, along with other narcotics. Both individuals were taken into custody while awaiting court proceedings.

New York man is arrested and faces felony drunk driving charges

A person who is accused of a felony might find the subsequent process to be stressful and intimidating. Felony crimes have severe penalties that can have a devastating effect on a person's future. A man could be facing similar challenges after he was recently arrested and accused of drunk driving and possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in New York.

The man was reportedly stopped by law enforcement following numerous traffic violations on an interstate. During this stop, authorities claim that the man appeared to be intoxicated, and he was also allegedly in possession of a small amount of marijuana at the time. Police assert that he allegedly refused to undergo a breathalyzer test after being taken into custody.

Security guard eventually cleared of drug charges in New York

Police officers have arrested countless individuals over the years on suspicion of drug-related crimes. Accused individuals often find the criminal defense process to be stressful and daunting. Even if a person is eventually cleared of all charges, he or she could have suffered significantly throughout this period. A security guard recently experienced a similar situation after he was accused of drug charges in New York.

The man was working as a security guard at JFK Airport at the time. Authorities apparently executed a search warrant at his home, where they were reportedly unable to find any indication of the presence of narcotics. A few months later, the man was arrested following accusations made by an undercover officer, claiming the man had sold him drugs at least three separate times.

Camp counselor accused of multiple sex offenses in New York

Day camps are often a haven for many children who are out of school for the summer. Some adults dedicate their lives to such projects and often work with children of various ages on a daily basis. When one of these adults is indicted for sex crimes involving children, others may soon find themselves facing similar accusations. A camp counselor in New York was recently arrested following allegations for multiple sex offenses.

A recent investigation into allegations of abuse at the camp in question eventually led to the indictment of a 34-year-old man who was previously accused of numerous sex crimes. Several months later, similar allegations led to the arrest of another employee of the camp. According to reports, this man allegedly took part in several inappropriate conversations with campers, and he is also accused of improperly touching some of the kids.

Failure to signal leads to drunk driving charges in New York

Countless individuals have been arrested following accusations of driving under the influence of alcohol. Determining intoxication can be a delicate process, especially with numerous issues, such as medical conditions, often exhibiting similar signs. Unfortunately, drunk driving is often the initial assumption of arresting officers. A man has recently been arrested following allegations of driving under the influence in New York.

Police say they initiated a traffic stop on a recent Thursday when the driver failed to use a signal. The man was subsequently taken to the police barracks, where he allegedly provided a breath sample that was over the legal limit. There was no indication of what may have led authorities to assume the man was intoxicated at the time of the traffic stop.

Man facing drug charges following traffic stop in New York

Routine traffic stops have been the cause of countless arrests involving accusations of drug-related crimes. Allegations alone can be difficult for an individual to endure, with challenges arising in various areas of life, such as reputation and/or employment. A conviction is generally much more devastating, likely including a lengthy prison term. A 19-year-old man was recently arrested and is now facing drug charges following a traffic stop in New York.

Authorities claim to have stopped the vehicle in question for speeding on the interstate. They claim that a subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered as much as 78 grams of Cathinone. The man was arrested and is now facing charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

New York legislative changes affect criminal defense for teens

Until very recently, New York was one of two remaining states in the nation that charged some teens accused of crimes as adults, and punished them thusly upon conviction. All that changed on the evening of Friday, April 7, 2017 in a move that will have some definite – and hopefully positive – effects on the criminal defense of 16 and 17-year-olds. Not only will the process change for future teens facing charges, but the legislation also deals with their relocation from jails and prisons -- where the youths are currently being held -- to a more suitable facility.

Under the new agreement, teens under the age of 17 who are currently incarcerated in adult facilities will be relocated by late 2018, and those under age 18 will be moved before the end of 2019. The youth inmates will be sent instead to detention facilities run by the Office of Children and Family Services that are specially intended to deal with convicted youth. Furthermore, teenage inmates currently held at state prisons will now be housed in special facilities for adolescent offenders.

New York CEO facing felony charges for grand larceny allegations

Felonies are considered more serious than misdemeanors and typically involve mandatory jail time. This may paint a rather dire picture for any New York individuals facing felony charges, but when it comes to criminal charges, there are also different degrees and classes of these crimes. For example, one New York woman has been charged with Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, which is a non-violent crime considered a class E felony.

The defendant in question was a 26-year-old woman serving as the CEO and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Mahopac/Carmel area. Allegedly, a joint investigation between the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the Putnam County District Attorney's Office led to the arrest of the woman for a purported misappropriation of the organization's funds. Investigators arrested the woman on Tuesday, March 21.

Prior DWI convictions may complicate future defense in New York

A record of previous related convictions may complicate matters for individuals facing new charges. For example, a New York man was recently charged with DWAI Drugs when a police search supposedly revealed a prior DWI conviction. Following what was supposed to be a traffic stop, the man was placed under arrest for this class E felony.

New York State Police troopers were apparently asked to assist in conducting a traffic stop on Monday, March 21 when local police reported what they described as erratic driving. Following the traffic stop, a State Police Drug Recognition Expert then performed an investigation. Allegedly, this expert confirmed the driver was impaired and thus unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

New York woman facing drunk driving charges after crash into pole

Without all the details, it can be difficult to ascertain the truth of any situation. Take, for example, a recent case in New York of a woman who accidentally crashed her car. Police arrested her for alleged drunk driving, but the article makes no mention of any details to corroborate that fact.

At approximately 11:15 on the night of Saturday, March 11, the 49-year-old woman allegedly crashed her Jeep into a pole in the Staten Island area. The woman's 9-year-old son was a passenger in the car and apparently received minor injuries. He was subsequently released to a family member.