With hackers making spectacular inroads into major networked databases, the threat of identity theft is bigger than ever. People must remain vigilant over their credit cards, identification cards and social security information. In Nassau County recently a 24-year-old woman was arraigned for felony charges of grand larceny, identity theft, fraud and other charges. She is accused of being part of an identity theft ring and of stealing the identities of hospital patients to make store purchases in the New York metropolitan area.
Child pornography has reached “epidemic proportions, according to a Homeland Security official who coordinated a federal investigation into the criminal activity over the past year or so. He held a news conference in New York City to announce the arrest of 71 persons on sex offenses relating to possession and trading of child pornography. The arrests occurred in the four boroughs, Long Island and areas outside of New York.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security. It is engaged in ensuring the security of travelers in the United States. Recently, a TSA screening supervisor was arrested in New York and charged with sex offenses with a minor in a foreign country.
When New York drivers face drunk driving charges, they likely recognize the devastating consequences that the charges could have on their futures. Fortunately, every accused motorist has the right to have his or her interests protected in a court of law. A 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty to a DWI charge recently.
When close to 100 kids are accused of breaking into their high school and engaging in a variety of malicious actions, including urinating in the hallways, it's unlikely that the defense that it's a yearly prank will hold much legal water. Unfortunately, 24 of the 60 or more students arrested are over 18 and subject to prosecution as an adult under New York law. Each defendant will want to obtain criminal defense counsel and determine, with great detail, to what extent there are viable defenses and mitigating circumstances that can help them out. There are questions of criminal intent, for example, that may conceivably serve to mitigate, if not dismiss, the charges.