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Assault and battery charges have different possible defenses

When people in New York are brought up on assault and battery charges, their lawyers could potentially use self-defense, protection of another person or property, or consent as the defenses in their cases. Assault and battery occurs when one individual threatens to and then carries out violence or force against another person in an unlawful manner.

What is an ACD and when should a defendant accept it?

Generally speaking, an offer of an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal ("ACD") to resolve criminal charges is usually a very attractive plea bargain offer to a criminal defendant. After all, the most important goal for any criminal defendant should be the dismissal of all criminal charges. Also, individuals receiving an ACD usually have their cases dismissed and sealed after 6 months. Understanding this, are there any negative or unforeseen collateral consequences that come with the acceptance of an ACD?

50 indicted in New York building inspection scheme

According to city investigators, 50 building inspectors, including the chief construction inspectors for the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, were indicted and charged with accepting bribes in exchange for reportedly ignoring safety problems at building sites around the city. The charges came on Feb. 10 following a two-year investigation.

Woman charged with DWI after losing control on curve

A 27-year-old woman is facing charges of DWI after an accident on county Route 37 in New York on Jan. 27 around 10 a.m. According to authorities, the woman lost control of her Volkswagen Beetle on a curve and crashed into a sign dedicated to the memory of a trooper who died in the same spot in 2012.

New York U.S. attorney to drop insider trading charges

Under new, more stringent guidelines for prosecuting insider trading issued by a December appellate court ruling, the U.S. attorney for New York has stated charges will be dropped against five men alleged to have used advance knowledge of a forthcoming IBM acquisition to purchase stock in the target company. However, prosecutors have stated they may elect to reopen the charges at a later date.

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