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Man shopped for decongestant meds, now facing drug charges

Many people in New York and elsewhere use various types of decongestant medication when they suffer from colds, sinus infections or other upper respiratory illnesses. For one 30-year-old man, however, shopping for pseudoephedrine tablets landed him behind bars on drug charges. The man was one of 16 who were recently indicted in federal court following a police investigation regarding alleged methamphetamine production.

The man is said to have frequently purchased pseudoephedrine pills over a four-year period. Authorities estimate he attempted as many as 116 purchases of the drug. He has since pleaded guilty to possessing a chemical he knew would be used to manufacture a controlled substance. 

A domestic violence charge does not necessarily mean conviction

Judges in New York and throughout the nation hear cases all the time that result in acquittals. In fact, some cases are dismissed before ever going to trial due to lack of evidence or because a particular defendant's rights were violated in the arrest process. There are also situations were false accusations are made, such as in incidents of alleged domestic violence. An experienced defense attorney knows just what to do to bring such matters to light in court.

Domestic violence definitely exists and is a problem in many households. Anyone suffering abuse is advised to seek immediate safe shelter and assistance. However, there's another prevalent problem in this state and others that is not often talked about, and that is that many people charged with domestic violence are innocent.

Drug charges come after 12-month probe

Many people argue that electronic wiretapping devices are means of privacy invasion if used to gather evidence to bring charges against one or more parties. This may be a central focus of an ongoing situation in New York where wiretaps were used in a drug investigation. In the end, 21 people were indicted and 11 of them were arrested on Dec. 20 and are now facing drug charges.

Ages of those accused range from 24 to 52. Investigators reportedly used electronic wiretaps over the span of a year to record conversations of the defendants. The Bronx County District Attorney's office combined efforts with local police as well as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security. The defendants are accused of participating in a major drug trafficking operation in the area.

Police claim man was driving while intoxicated just before crash

On a recent Tuesday in New York, shortly after 1 a.m., an incident occurred that resulted in a motor vehicle collision. The person behind the wheel is accused of driving while intoxicated. The crash resulted in a fatality.

The driver was a 22-year-old man whose passenger was weeks shy of his 18th birthday. Although an investigation remains ongoing as to the exact events leading up to the crash, it is known that at some point, the car the older traveler was driving smashed into a fire hydrant. The impact was severe enough to turn the car over.

New York mayor asked to resign re domestic violence allegations

Many New York residents face criminal charges at some point, although being accused of a crime is a far cry from a conviction. Especially in situations involving domestic violence allegations, the type of criminal defense presented often weighs heavily upon an ultimate outcome. Time will tell what the outcome of a particular situation will be, involving a mayor from upstate who is accused of repeated acts of domestic violence.

The mayor's wife reportedly called 911 last month, requesting help after her husband had allegedly been physically violent toward her. She told officials that he grabbed her by the throat. The woman also claims her husband threw her to the ground and tried to damage her phone when she was trying to call for help. Since then, an investigation has been launched and several other people have made similar accusations against the mayor.

Don't let drunk driving charges ruin your life

There are a lot of ways to ruin perfectly fine evenings out in New York, with friends. One is to get pulled over by police on your way home on suspicion of drunk driving. Since, as the saying goes, anything you say or do could be used against you in court, it's really important to make informed, thought-out decisions when answering any questions a police officer at the scene of a traffic stop may ask you. 

Beyond providing appropriate documentation for personal identification information or vehicle identification, registration and insurance inquiries, you do not have to say anything. If the circumstances are such that an arrest appears certain, it may make sense to politely decline to answer questions and indicate that you'd like to consult legal counsel. One of the most beneficial services an experienced defense attorney can provide is to protect your rights. That process can begin even before any charges have been filed. 

Man in New York facing drug charges after police raid his home

A 21-year-old man in New York may have his work cut out for him if he hopes to avoid conviction following a recent raid at his home. Police showed up at the residence with a search warrant. After rummaging through the man's residence, he was arrested and will now face several drug charges in court.

A particular outcome can never be presumed when it comes to defendants facing drug charges in court. There are often various defense strategies that can help preserve a person's freedom. For instance, in this instance, one of the items police are said to have seized to help build prosecutors' case against the man happens to have been Adderall. This happens to be a medication that is often prescribed to treat narcolepsy or Attention Deficit Disorder.

New law allows for sealing of old criminal offense records

A hopeful law went into effect in New York State on Oct.7. It allows for the sealing of criminal conviction records in specified circumstances. Both private attorneys and public defenders can file the paper work on behalf of clients. The conviction for a criminal offense must be at least 10 years old. Some types of offenses are automatically prohibited from relief.

In addition, relief is limited to persons who have no more than two misdemeanors or one felony conviction. Experts estimate that there may be over 600,000 people who are potentially eligible for relief. The program has, however, been getting off to a slow start with only four people in the state having had cases sealed thus far under the new law.

Search of apartment results in drug charges for 3 in New York

Law enforcement agencies across the nation employ a variety of tactics in the pursuit of stemming the flow of drug activity. In some cases, these investigations may culminate in the search of a home, and if illegal narcotics are found, those who reside within could be left facing criminal charges. Three men have reportedly been arrested and are facing drug charges following the recent search of an apartment in New York.

According to authorities, the incident was part of a recent investigation into the presence of drug activity in the area. On a recent Friday, police assert that a warrant was executed at a nearby apartment complex. During the search, they claim to have uncovered various types and amounts of narcotics, including several grams of heroin and cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia and a large sum of cash.

1 facing drunk driving charges after crash at construction site

Being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol can be a stressful and intimidating experience. A conviction for similar charges carries serious consequences, which may only become more severe should an accident occur, especially if another party suffers injuries in the process. A 28-year-old man is facing several charges after he was recently arrested and accused of drunk driving following an accident involving a construction worker in New York.

According to reports, the incident took place just before 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning when a driver allegedly crashed into a construction site and hit a nearby worker. Police assert that his vehicle proceeded to flip into trench where others were operating on a water main. The worker reportedly suffered two broken legs in the collision and was rushed to a medical facility for treatment soon thereafter.