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June 2016 Archives

Domestic violence charge may taint Reyes' return to New York

Many couples keep their affairs private, working out their troubles--and especially their legal issues--outside the public eye. However, that is not always possible for celebrities, and Jose Reyes is one example. After being accused of domestic violence, the former New York Mets player may have a difficult time returning to his old team.

Drug charges may be diverted into the drug court program

Drug courts are a promising way to combat the prior insidious practice of incarcerating non-violent drug offenders who have an addiction problem. New York has long been a pioneer in the use of drug courts to eliminate or minimize drug charges filed against non-violent addicts. The program involves a rather aggressive intervention by treatment counselors, medical people, defense attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement agents and the courts.

Contractor accused of criminal offense of grand larceny

There is a line over which a home improvement contractor cannot go without facing a probability of criminal charges. The most glaring example of crossing the line would be to take a sizable payment of several thousand dollars up front and then not do any of the work promised. That is a breach of contract for certain, but under many factual circumstances, it also can rise to the level of a criminal offense.

Criminal offense of aiding Isis requires factual proof

It is illegal to give support to the Islamic State by trying to help people sign up for the group and/or help them make plans to travel to a foreign country to join their ranks. The most recent instance in New York of such a charge took place when federal officials in Manhattan charged a 22-year-old man with the criminal offense of attempting to travel to join Isis. They charged him also with attempting to assist someone else, who was apparently an undercover agent, to leave the country for the same purpose.