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.
Three teenagers have recently been arrested and accused of multiple crimes following an alleged string of automobile thefts in New York. All three face numerous charges, including grand larceny and criminal trespassing, the penalties for which are severe if a conviction is obtained. Those accused of similar crimes might choose to prepare for legal proceedings by seeking guidance from a criminal defense attorney.
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.
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.
Even when they are non-violent, felonies are considered the most serious types of crime, and while the sentencing for anyone convicted may vary depending upon the type of crime committed, they are generally subject to prison sentences of longer than one year. For this reason, the knowledgeable legal counsel of an experienced defense attorney can prove invaluable when someone has been accused of any type of felony. One such New York man will undoubtedly wish to secure such legal counsel, as he is currently facing a number of felony charges.
Two New York men were arrested on Jan. 18 after allegedly being caught by police with fake bank debit cards and forged driver's licenses. The men are now facing a number of felony charges for these and other accusations. They are currently being held in the Westchester County Jail.
Nancy Wiener, a prominent New York antiquities dealer, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 18 on accusations of trafficking in illegal and stolen antiquities. She is now facing felony charges of criminal possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Authorities believe that she illegally sold millions of dollars' worth of stolen artifacts obtained from international looters and smuggled into the country.
Wealthy socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein was arrested in New York after a fight with her boyfriend early in the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 7. The woman, famously nicknamed "Catwoman" because of the plastic surgeries she has undergone over the years, allegedly attacked her boyfriend with scissors in their shared apartment. She is currently facing felony charges, among other accusations.
It has been reported that a teenager has been charged with two misdemeanors after posting videos of himself scaling skyscrapers in New York City. The teen originally faced felony charges, but it appears these charges may have been, or will be, reduced to misdemeanor charges. This incident occurred two years after the teen was originally arrested in 2014 for climbing One World Trade Center.
The interstate network of police departments is a vital spoke in the wheel of law enforcement nationwide and is vital to New York state law enforcement. When a fugitive leaves the jurisdiction while facing felony charges, warrants for the person's arrest -- giving the charges, details and other facts -- are sent throughout the country, asking for help in tracking down the fugitive. Recently, a 56-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a New York woman and took her to another state where he was holding her until he was found by the second state's police force.