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Are sex offender laws overly punitive?

Criminal charges related to crimes like statutory rape, sexual assault, online solicitation of a minor and indecent exposure can result in an individual facing felony sex crimes charges and lengthy prison sentences and parole terms. What's more, even after an individual has served jail or prison time and completed parole, he or she will likely be required to register as a sex offender.

Gambling In The Tri-State Area, Part 3. Is Sports Betting About To Be Legalized in New Jersey?

In Parts 1 and 2, we discussed different gambling offenses that are prosecuted by the Federal Government and the District Attorney's offices in New York. When it comes to gambling, whether it's horse-racing or slot machines, the gaming industry is regulated at the state level. Given the different histories of each state, it is no surprise that gambling laws amongst the states range from extremely tolerant of gambling to highly regulated.

Gambling In The Tri-State Area - Part 2

Gambling is the wagering of money or something of material value on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money or material goods. It goes without saying that gambling has a deep rooted history in this country and it is even likely that many government and law enforcement employees engage in gambling activities. In fact, legalized gambling, such as the New York State Lottery, is used to fund government agencies and critical social programs.

Does a brain injury make you more prone to violence?

Professional athletes get paid, and handsomely at that, for essentially being the physically best at what they do. For an NFL football player, these skills include very physical and often violent acts like hitting and tackling. While NFL players routinely see their careers end over shattered bones and dislocated shoulders, today the careers of at least two well-known players may be over as both face criminal charges related to acts of domestic violence.

Gambling In The Tri-State Area, Part 1 -- Is Your Fantasy Football League Illegal?

This year, around 33 million Americans are setting their weekly fantasy football lineups. Leagues are run amongst friends, relatives and even co-workers in their offices. However, has anyone sat down to ask whether it is legal to play fantasy football for money?

Arrested NYC Teachers and DOE Employees - Collateral Consequences And Reporting Requirements

Teachers, like everyone else, are subject to the laws of New York State and New York City. When a teacher violates one of these laws, whether it occurs in or outside of their school, they will be arrested. However, unlike normal citizens, New York City public school teachers must deal with not only the arrest itself and the crimes charged, but more importantly, the effect that the arrest and the prosecution will have on their job and career. Unfortunately, the consequences can be felt immediately and well before the case has a chance to make its way through the criminal justice system.

What are the penalties associated with a DWI in New York?

The negative implications associated with a drunk driving conviction are numerous and serious. While the legal penalties are often the focus of a DWI conviction, an individual is also likely to suffer many adverse personal, professional and financial problems if convicted of a DWI. With so much at stake, it's important that individuals who are facing drunk driving charges take measures to secure a criminal defense attorney who handles DWI matters.

Major Changes Coming To The Federal Sentencing Guidelines

On April 30, 2014, the United States Sentencing Commission submitted to Congress an Amendment that would reduce the sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug trafficking offenses. The Amendment will reduce the base offense levels assigned to quantities that trigger the statutory mandatory minimum penalties. This Amendment is scheduled to go into effect on November 1, 2014, and will apply retroactively. Practically, what does this mean?

Five convicted in Central Park case to receive $40.75M, NYC admits no wrongdoing

In 1989, a 28-year-old successful white business woman fought for her life in a New York City hospital. As news reports surfaced of the brutal rape and beating she survived while out for a jog in New York's famed Central Park, five teenagers were arrested and interrogated by police officials.

NYPD Hip-Hop Cops And The Use Of Music Videos as Evidence at Trial

Last week, a New York Post article described a little known, specialized unit of the NYPD that keeps tabs on a number of rappers and hip-hop stars. This shadowy unit is allegedly composed of plainclothes cops whose job it is to investigate crimes and violence in the hip-hop industry. The "Hip-Hop Squad" conducts surveillance at the rap stars' NYC parties, night club appearances and concerts. However, even untalented and amateur rappers can find their way onto the radar of the hip-hop police because the NYPD is also using online rap videos as evidence of gang activity. In some cases, these videos and their violent lyrics have even been used as evidence against defendants at trial.

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