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Jocelyn Wildenstein arrested in New York on felony charges

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.

Felony charges reduced for teen accused of scaling skyscrapers

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.

Man held on felony charges in woman's rape and abduction

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.

Police: twin guilty of criminal offense of murdering her sister

A bizarre case involving two twin sisters and the death of one of them played out in the New York courts this week as authorities took the surviving sister into custody on a murder warrant. The alleged homicide took place in another state on May 29 when the two sisters were in a car that crashed into a wall and dropped off a cliff onto the shoreline below. The one sister died in the crash and police charged the surviving sister with the criminal offense of second-degree murder.

Defending felony charges may lead to shooter ID for police

A senseless rampage leaving two young women dead occurred recently at a Halloween party in Newburgh, New York. It appears that two or more shooters remain at large. Police announced the arrests of two men on tampering with the evidence and criminal possession of handguns, which appear to be felony charges.

Former state official is swamped under cycle of felony charges

A bizarre tale of continuing brushes with the law afflicts a former New York Deputy Secretary of State. The man is facing federal felony charges of lying about his financial assets and, more recently, the criminal offense of failing to report to federal probation officers that he had an arrest for driving without a license. The man's continuing cycle of criminal offenses started in 2007 when he was convicted of scamming funds from a state-sponsored agency designed to help small business development.

Past scandals remembered by woman's arrest on felony charges

New York has had its share of public officials who have been exposed and even prosecuted for entanglements with reputed prostitutes and women of questionable background. Some of the biggest stories in that respect were the scandalous reports connected to the extra-marital affairs of former Attorney General and Governor, Eliot Spitzer. The former official's name has surfaced again with the recent arrest on felony charges of a 26-year-old woman for allegedly extorting money from Spitzer by threatening to expose her relationship with him.

State employee accused of illegal credit card felony charges

In New York and other states, some arrests are based on substantial evidence that is clearly strong enough to convict the defendant. In those cases, the defendant is often candid with defense counsel about his or her guilt with respect to the felony charges. Together, they can agree on a strategy for plea negotiations. Counsel will have a greater reservoir of influence in the sentencing process if the clearly guilty client cooperates in expediting an early guilty plea.

Felony charges improperly pursued by Queens District Attorney

In a 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brady v Maryland, the Court held that a defendant is denied due process if the prosecutor does not turn over exculpatory evidence to defendant's counsel. Some 50 years later, the essential mandate of Brady remains intact. Recently, a New York case emerged to show the tragic results that can occur when the prosecution pursues serious felony charges against someone while hiding the existence of exculpatory evidence.  

Man held in New York on out-of-state felony charges

After committing a crime, some perpetrators become fugitives and end up hiding in another state. Of course, it is a defense attorney's duty to assure that the police have the right person and have not made a mistake. If the suspect is arrested in New York on alleged felony charges filed in another state, certain protocol will kick in that will attempt to pay some deference to the state where the suspect was apprehended.

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