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What is asset forfeiture?

For New Yorkers who don’t believe in the adage “crime doesn’t pay,” some crimes might seem worth the risk of getting caught. Law enforcement agencies know this. To lessen the appeal of lucrative crime ventures, they use the rules of asset forfeiture.

Former agent facing multiple criminal charges

Many people in New York work in industries or jobs that put them in a position to access or know sensitive and confidential information. In some cases, this informaiton is required to be known by them and even to be shared with others by them in order for them to do their jobs. The lines between what falls in that category and what may be considered inappropriate use or dissemination of information can at times be very thin or blurry. On the other side of the line may be legal or even criminal consequences.

Criminal arrest processes in New York

Most people in New York are aware that there may be many nuances to laws that at times might make it hard to know exactly what is legal and what is not. It is also well known that there may be many steps involved in a single criminal case and each of these steps has associated procedures that must be followed exactly by both defendants and prosecution teams. 

Woman facing charges for alleged sex trafficking

People in New York who find themselves suddenly charged with serious crimes learn quickly the importance of remembering that the criminal justice system provides them with the guaranteed opportunity to be treated fairly and defend themselves. People are to be considered and assumed innocent unless they are proven guilty. Along the way, proper evidence must be provided to prove that supposed guilt. 

Sex offender designations and registrations

People in New York who have been accused of sex crimes will want to understand the potential penalties associated with their offenses if they are ultimated convicted of the crimes. Registration as a sex offender may allow the public to view information about them. However, according to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, only zip code locations are provided for some people based upon their court-appointed risk levels

Can your child be charged with a crime for bullying?

Middle school and high school are difficult years for any child to go through. Children may have good intentions, but they also want to fit in with their peers. They also want to avoid being the target of bullying, and sometimes the way to do that is to participate in teasing or bullying themselves. However, you and other New York parents should realize that there can be serious legal consequences when children bully others, especially if the behavior resulted in harm.

Fatal prank shows importance of being careful with actions online

The online world gives people a mask of anonymity, and it can often blur the line between what is real and what is virtual. For these reasons, many residents of New York and elsewhere may say things in online comments and social media that they would never say in public. Online bullying and pranks might be thought of as harmless, but could also cross the line and become a criminal activity.

Graffiti as a crime in New York

New York is a popular place for artists, especially in the city. It is not only professional artists with studios and exhibits who are recognized – graffiti artists have gathered a large following in recent years, some of them obtaining celebrity status. In fact, many tourists look for signature graffiti pieces by famous graffiti artists in large cities across the country.

Accusations against producer extend beyond Hollywood

New York residents who hear reports of people being charged with offenses involving sexual acts or harassment in some form may often not know which side of a story to believe. The reality is that sometimes it is hard to tell what really has happened in a situation, especially if there was a long delay between when some form of sexual offense is said to have transpired and when it is finally revealed. An example of this can be seen in a recent case involving a famous motion picture producer.

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