Prosecutors charged a mentally ill man with assault and criminal weapon possession on May 20 after authorities say that he used a hammer to randomly attack three people and a police officer in New York City. The final alleged attack led to the man being shot, ending up with him being hospitalized.
When people are accused of committing white collar or other federal crimes in New York, authorities often seize property that they believe was stolen or paid for with the proceeds of criminal activities. In some cases, authorities will freeze all of a defendant's financial assets even if a large portion of those assets are not linked to any alleged criminal activity.
In the state of New York, motorists accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol may face serious fines and penalties if convicted. This is especially true if a driver has been previously convicted of multiple offenses or if a DUI charge involves an accident in which other people were killed or injured. However, depending on the circumstances, a number of defense strategies are available to those who decide to contest the validity of drunk driving charges.
In certain cases, a person who has a weapon may be charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree, which is a class A misdemeanor offense in New York. In some cases, possessing a weapon that has been deemed prohibited in the state will give rise to such charges, while in others, certain classes of people are themselves prohibited from possessing legal ones as well.