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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.

Police issue felony charges for 2 women who hid 2 teen girls

When it comes to their children, some parents will risk the criminal kidnapping sanctions by attempting to take their children away from a foster home or from the other parent where they have been placed by the court. The penalties from that effort are usually quick and severe, leading to even less time with their youngsters than before. In New York, two women were charged recently with felony charges for taking the two daughters of one of them and hiding them for 11 months until they were found.

The New York State Police arrested both women in Broome County this past week. The girls were 15 and 13 years old a year ago, when they were initially considered to be runaways from a foster family. One of the women allegedly used her premises to shelter the girls on behalf of her friend, who was the mother. State troopers reportedly tracked down numerous leads during an 11-month investigation.

Thorough investigation often key to drunk driving defense

Facing alcohol-related charges in New York does not necessarily mean that a conviction will be handed down. Every situation is different, and the events leading up to and following an arrest often contain details that may be crucial in building a strong defense against drunk driving charges. A thorough investigation may reveal that all the actions taken by law enforcement agents were not done according to regulation.

At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Tock, you will find experienced and dedicated attorneys who can help you examine the details of your arrest to determine whether any of your personal rights were violated. We have successfully represented thousands of clients in Putnam County and surrounding regions. We pride ourselves on our scrupulous investigation experience to collect all relevant facts and evidence that may serve our clients' best interests in court.

Man at train station arrested by troopers on felony charges

Some incidents taking place in a public setting or on the streets must be examined in detail prior to determining whether the accused committed a crime. Even with purported witnesses to the defendant's alleged behavior, the facts and the account of all witnesses must be thoroughly investigated and tested. That kind of in-depth process may be required for the defense of a 26-year-old man arrested by the New York State Police at the Cortlandt Train Station. Authorities charged him with felony charges of robbery and criminal mischief.

Troopers reported that they were called to the train station on Sunday, Feb. 28 to investigate a possible robbery. They investigated and allegedly found that the accused stole the victim's iPhone. They say that the defendant caused physical injury to another person who was there with the victim.

Judge nabbed on drunk driving charge enroute to courtroom duties

The news reports pertaining to drunk driving arrests throughout the nation and in New York are not lacking in depictions of prominent community figures and celebrities being arrested on DUI charges. These incidents are usually well-reported due to the extra ratings and newspaper sales that the media may enjoy when such an article hits the airwaves. Recently, a Rochester  City Court Judge was on her way to work where she was scheduled to preside over criminal court arraignments when state troopers arrested her for drunk driving.  

New York State Police arrested the 34-year-old jurist on Interstate 490, according to the Monroe County District Attorney. The incident will likely carry significant public embarrassment for an elected judge who previously worked as a prosecutor in the district attorney's drunken driving bureau. Troopers indicated that the judge was "possibly" involved in a one-car crash just before the arrest, but there were no further details immediately available.