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You should never take mortgage fraud lightly

Working in the real estate industry is much more complicated than those outside the industry may expect, especially when it comes to coordinating the many parties involved to complete a transaction. Here in New York, and in most parts of the country, most people purchase property using a mortgage, adding many layers of complexity.

Unfortunately, the mortgage approval process and the fee structures that keep the wheels of real estate turning often encourage unscrupulous parties to stretch the truth or lie outright to push a deal through. In some cases, when one party acts deceptively, it can cast many other parties in a negative light, and, in extreme circumstances, can lead to mortgage fraud charges.

Addiction leads to drug charge

People in New York and around the country continue to watch as more and more people struggle with addiction to opioid drugs. This problem continues to plague society and shows no respect for age, gender, class or any other demographic statistic. The fact remains that anyone can become addicted to these drugs. That means anyone can be at risk of a criminal charge related to these drugs when their addiction fuels them to take actions they would not otherwise take.

A recent example of this can be seen in Kenmore, New York, where the chief of police has reportedly admitted his own struggle with and addiction to a controlled substance. As reported by WKBW, the man was said to have taken hydrocodone pills from a medication drop box in the Kenmore police station. In his desk were said to be at least 100 hydrocodone pills. It is not known when or how his addiction began.

Professors accused of sexual misconduct with drugs

When hearing about someone accused of improperly using or selling drugs in New York, a person might immediately conjure up a particular stereotype of who that defendant might be. A professor at a criminal justice college is not likely to be the image that results. However, today, multiple professors at the College of Criminal Justice in New York City are facing these types of allegations.

According to a report in The New York Times, at least four professors have been placed on leave with pay by the college yet other professors still actively on duty may also be the subject of allegations. Among the accusations are allegations that professors gave drugs to female students to either rape them or force them to become prostitutes. Two of the women who have made such allegations include a recent graduate of the school who is 24 years old and a current adjunct professor who is 39 years old and who previously attended the school.

New York doctor accused of inventive medical fraud

In 2013, a doctor practicing in New York plead guilty to a count of fraud in federal court. The verdict came after an investigation determined that he billed insurance companies for procedures that he never performed.

Despite the success of his practice over a number of years, the conviction ended his career as a surgeon. While some people may respond to these circumstances by turning to another field of practice, new allegations against him claim that the doctor transitioned into a very specific field of medical practice under an assumed identity.

Prosecution teams often overreach their evidence

New York does not necessarily have the reputation of being a theft-free city, but that fact does not excuse overzealous law enforcement and state prosecution policies that could unjustly cost you your freedom. The team here at the Brooklyn office of Neil S. Ruskin fights every day to preserve and strengthen your individual rights against this type of onslaught. 

Many of our clients contact us while they are still frightened about the future consequences of a set of charges. This is no coincidence. Law enforcement investigators often attempt to instill fear in the people they are investigating or arresting, and many of our clients naturally fall victim to this tactic. The first thing we try to do is tell them that, by calling us, they have someone on their side. 

Is it possible to reduce DUI charges?

Facing drunk driving charges is never something to take lightly, especially if you suspect that the evidence against you is strong. However, you must do everything you can to fight back against such charges, or else you may find yourself facing stiff punishment that far outpaces any crime you allegedly committed.

For many people facing significant DUI charges, it is not realistic to attempt to get the charges dismissed entirely, although it is always wise to examine the circumstances closely to determine if dismissal is possible. Even if you cannot dismiss the charges outright, you may have ways to reduce the charges for lesser punishment and fewer lasting effects in your everyday life.

Discretion in white collar sentencing

People in New York might often wonder how a particular criminal sentence is determined when a person is convicted of a crime. The reality of the matter is that there may be multiple factors taken into consideration. Some crimes may even have mandatory minimum sentences as well as maximum sentences. When it comes to sentencing a person convicted of a white collar crime, judges may have more discretion than they would when sentencing a person for a street crime.

This potential for judge discretion is something that is highly relevant today as it can be seen in action across a range of current or recent cases. As reported by The New York Times, a former advisor to the U.S. President will spend 14 days in prison despite prosecutors attempting to receive a sentence closer to six months. Some may feel this is appropriate in part so the man can resume his life and contribute positively to society. Others point out the price he has already paid and the long-term implications he will experience from having a felony conviction.

Foreign boxer sentenced in New York

Many people in New York might not always know who could become the target of white collar crime charges in the United States. Some might believe that a person must be a U.S. citizen to face such charges. The reality of the matter is that a person does not have to be a citizen of the U.S. to be charged with offenses like conspiracy, fraud and more in this country.

One example can be seen in the case of a well-known boxer who heralds from the Republic of Georgia, part of the former Soviet Union. The man is 39 years old and has reportedly won several events in his sport. However, his athletic career may well be on hold for a while if a criminal sentence he recently received is upheld.

Retailers may sue you for shoplifting, even if you didn’t

Here in America, large companies often offset their inventory losses by accusing individuals of shoplifting and demanding compensation before the legal system convicts them of any crime. While shrewd legal and business maneuvers may help keep prices low, throwing members of the public under the bus on shaky legal grounds is something far different.

Recent reports by the New York Times shined a light on this practice, which aims to collect millions of dollars a year from former customers who may or may not have done anything wrong. According to the Times, One of the biggest retailers in the country retains a private firm to send out thousands of letters each year to accused shoplifters, asking for compensation for some alleged theft.

New marijuana law in New York City

Residents in New York are not currently able to legally use marijuana for recreational purposes like people who live in nearby Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and the District of Columbia. Therefore, this debate continues as many want to see this changed. In the meantime, people who find themselves accused of simple pot possession may no longer be forced into handcuffs and taken into jail.

As reported by PIX11, the Mayor of New York City has enacted a new law that will find some people accused of marijuana possession required to attend a court hearing instead of being arrested. The law took effect at the beginning of September 2018 and applies to those persons found with less than 26 grams of marijuana. A summons will be given to them requiring them to be present when stated in court.

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