Minor crimes won’t lead to arrest in Manhattan

March 22, 2016

A new NYPD policy went into effect on Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Bill Bratton, and Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance have announced that those who are accused of certain minor offenses will receive summonses, and will not be arrested. There is, of course, some opposition to the move. Without belaboring the point, the gist of that opposition is the claim that receiving a summons, as opposed to being handcuffed and hauled into jail, will […] Read On

iPhone Encryption Pits Apple against the FBI

March 3, 2016

A battle is raging over the encryption of iPhone data between Apple, which manufactures the devices, and the FBI, which would like to access the encrypted data. The feds say specifically that they want to see what’s in the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook’s cellphone. Farook is one of the suspect’s in the recent San Bernardino shootings. The shootings left 14 victims dead, and 21 wounded, after suspects opened fire at a state-run facility for […] Read On

NYC DWI Consequences

February 20, 2016

Potential Consequences of Getting a DWI in New York City Driving while intoxicated in New York City is a serious offense that could result in numerous legal and personal consequences. For instance, you may be required to spend time in jail or pay a mandatory fine whether or not you have been convicted of this crime before. You could also lose your drivers license, which could make it harder to live a normal life. Legal […] Read On

Is New York City Close to Legalizing Marijuana?

February 18, 2016

In 2014 the Compassionate Care Act was signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. This piece of legislation served to legalize the use of medical marijuana for New York citizens. However, the law was not passed without some limitations. New York’s medical marijuana program did not go into effect until January, 2016. While this has made many recreational users hopeful, medical cannabis users are unsatisfied with the current law. With Manhattan’s first medical marijuana dispensary […] Read On

Sexual Assault Definition in NYC

February 15, 2016

What can be considered sexual assault in New York City? Sexual assault is a heinous crime. It is perpetrated on both men and women, the young and the old, people with sound minds and bodies and the physical or mentally challenged. In New York they take these charges very seriously. Not only do they have a large group of well-trained law enforcement and prosecutorial staff to deal with people accused of this type of offense, […] Read On

Difference Between Murder and Homicide

February 12, 2016

What is the difference between murder and homicide in New York? Murder and homicide are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, there is a marked difference between the two. What Is Homicide? Homicide is defined as the killing of one person by another. Murder, which falls under the category of homicide, is when the perpetrator intentionally kills the other person. Murder often includes a plan to kill an individual. In New York City homicide […] Read On

Eleven Indicted in Alleged Identity Theft Scam

January 29, 2016

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced last week the indictment of 11 people on a variety of counts related to the alleged bilking of banks and their customers for a total of almost three quarters of a million dollars. How was the scheme accomplished? According to the D.A., the defendants operated across the country, traveling from New York to nine other states. Prosecutors claim that the group accomplished the thefts in the following way: They […] Read On

Crime in NYC is down, but arguments on statistics continue

January 13, 2016

Mark Twain said “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.” Which brings us to the news reported late last month that New York City was as safe in terms of serious crimes as it has been in modern history. Nevertheless, there are those who complain that they feel less safe at this time, and others who attack the nature of the record-gathering. In order to understand what is going on, it’s necessary first to discuss […] Read On

3 of the Most Famous Trials in US History

December 29, 2015

Trials have been taking place for thousands of years. And ever since the first judges were appointed in the early 12th century, there has been a countless number of trials they have presided on. Some of these trials shaped the U.S legal system while some shaped America’s history. Some of these landmark court rulings are subject to debate to date. A good example is the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka case of 1954 […] Read On

Governor Expected to Pardon Youthful Offenders

December 23, 2015

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will issue pardons in favor of thousands of convicted individuals. The announcement comes as a surprise to many, who view the governor as being particularly stingy when it comes to granting clemency to those convicted of criminal offenses. In fact, during his first three years in office, he granted only three pardons, all for relatively minor offenses. Compare that record with other states, and you will […] Read On