Readers in New York may be all too aware that police officers can make serious mistakes when making an arrest. And, as one Bronx teenager and his family have recently seen first-hand, unfortunately such mistakes are not limited to merely procedural matters.
Details are hazy in a local news report about a Peekskill man whom police have charged with assaulting a United States Postal Worker. The 18-year-old man is accused of third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor.
Art is big business in New York City. And when works of art are sold for tens of thousands of dollars, collectors and dealers have to be careful that the product they are paying for is authentic and not fraudulent. A New York real estate broker recently found out the hard way that some people will go to great lengths to pass off a fake work of art as a real one. As a result of an apparent art-transaction fiasco, the man recently pled guilty to charges of misdemeanor forgery and false-filing.
To New Yorkers, it may be known that the state's gun laws are especially strict. But to people from other states, the potential consequences for carrying a weapon may not be quite as clear. That would seem to be the case involving a man from Indiana who could now face 15 years in prison for unknowingly violating one of New York's strict weapons laws.
Residents in Westchester County may recall the passage of the Child Passenger Protection Act back in 2009. Also known as Leandra's Law, the protection act includes language that made it a felony to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a passenger under the age of 16. Since the passage of Leandra's Law, there have reportedly been 1,600 such DWI arrests.