New Yorkers will be interested to know that state legislators are seeking to increase penalties for crimes related to domestic violence. The New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed a bill that names new felony and misdemeanor crimes. For the legislation to be made in to law, the next step is for the governor to give his approval.
No matter what crime an individual has been accused of, it is never a good idea to run from authorities. Running can be seen as presumptive of guilt, even if the person flees out of fear and not because a crime has actually been committed. In any case, trying to elude police can certainly make a bad situation worse, which one New York man recently discovered when he was arrested and charged with DWI.
Two men in the city were recently accused of serious drug crimes. Police claim to have seized a large amount of evidence, though whether a search warrant was properly obtained may be an issue worth bringing up in the suspects' defense.
Our readers in White Plains may have heard the recent news that the sports agent for golfer Tiger Woods was arrested recently in Ardsley. The 44-year-old agent was one of 11 people arrested by police at a sobriety checkpoint near the New York State Thruway.
A healthy amount of skepticism is necessary these days when a criminal case draws a large amount of media attention. It seems that no matter what, many people who take news reports at face value want a conviction before even hearing the evidence against a defendant. While most criminal cases do require a plea deal to achieve the best outcome for the accused, it is still important to distinguish between the "court of public opinion" and the court of law.