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Jul

24

2014
Man Charged with Multiple Felonies in Queens Grand Larceny Scheme

Man Charged with Multiple Felonies in Queens Grand Larceny Scheme

20-year-old Akeem R. Baker has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies in a Queens robbery scheme which targeted an unidentified 92-year-old man.  The man was reportedly scammed out of a total of $40,000, though some of the losses were recovered by Nassau police.  Baker’s arraignment is scheduled to take place today.  If he is convicted, he could be facing over a decade in prison....

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Jul

23

2014
FBI Calls for Victims to Come Forward in Queens Sex Crimes Case

FBI Calls for Victims to Come Forward in Queens Sex Crimes Case

49-year-old Vincent Calamia of Queens, New York was arrested earlier this month after a search of his Floral Park home turned up graphic evidence of sex crimes.  However, police suspect that Calamia’s record may actually date back as far as 1982.  Now, the FBI has released an image of the suspect to the web in hopes that victims of decades-old crimes may come forward.  New York imposes...

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Jul

22

2014
How Do Death and Injury Change DWI Charges?

How Do Death and Injury Change DWI Charges?

An unidentified pedestrian victim was pronounced dead at the scene last weekend in Queens after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.  The alleged driver, 42-year-old Romulo Mejia of Bradenton, Florida, struck the man around 4:30 in the morning.  Mejia has since been taken in custody, and the charges against him are still pending.  This sad incident brings up a very good question: how do death...

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Jul

21

2014
Doctor Convicted in Queens Manslaughter Case After Two Patients Overdose

Doctor Convicted in Queens Manslaughter Case After Two Patients Overdose

We expect doctors to help us, not harm us — but unfortunately, those expectations are sometimes broken.  After two patients fatally overdosed on prescription drugs while under his medical care, 60-year-old Dr. Stan Xuhui Li of Queens was convicted of second degree manslaughter.  Dr. Li was also charged with falsifying records, criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, and reckless endangerment. His Queens lawyer called the...

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Jul

08

2014
Lack of Evidence Leads to an Overturned Conviction in Controversial Gilberto Valle Internet Crime Case

Lack of Evidence Leads to an Overturned Conviction in Controversial Gilberto Valle Internet Crime Case

As the internet expands in popularity and size, so do its contents.  Sometimes, those contents can be incriminating — but not always.  Facebook posts and email messages have spurred busts and convictions in the past; but in the controversial case of NYPD Officer Gilberto Valle, a federal court ruled that internet-based cannibalism fantasies were strictly that: fantasies.  As a result, Valle’s initial conviction was overturned. Why does content on...

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Jun

27

2014
When Can I Be Charged with Domestic Violence in New York?

When Can I Be Charged with Domestic Violence in New York?

In one regard, domestic violence is similar to white collar crime: both are umbrella terms which actually refer to multiple, specific offenses.  You won’t be explicitly charged with “domestic violence,” but you can be charged with any number of crimes which can be deemed to involve a domestic violence element.  Which offenses can be considered acts of domestic violence in New York, and what sort of legal consequences can...

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Jun

19

2014
NYPD Makes Largest Gang Bust in NYC History, But at What Cost?

NYPD Makes Largest Gang Bust in NYC History, But at What Cost?

Love it or hate it, the NYPD is one of America’s most controversial  and highly-publicized police departments.  Coverage in the media frequently focuses on allegations of racial profiling or physical abuse, and the recent (and disastrous) #myNYPD Twitter campaign unleashed a torrent of scathing sarcasm from a disgruntled public.  But after making New York City’s largest-ever indictment with 103 gang-related arrests this month, the force finally earned a surge of praise — at least initially.  Now, activists and family members of...

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Jun

17

2014
Stripper Crime Ring Charged with Drugging, Robbing Wealthy Men

Stripper Crime Ring Charged with Drugging, Robbing Wealthy Men

It could be the plot of a seedy pulp novel, but it’s straight  from the pages of the news.  A group of four exotic dancers (and one club manager) are being charged with a laundry list of offenses after allegedly drugging, robbing, and blackmailing unsuspecting bar-goers. Scores in Manhattan and the RoadHouse in Queens are at the center of the controversy, with the defendants facing charges of assault, forgery,...

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Jun

10

2014
Criminal Suppression Hearings – Challenging the Credibility of Police Testimony

Criminal Suppression Hearings – Challenging the Credibility of Police Testimony

It is typical that in criminal matters, the prosecution will attempt to introduce certain types of evidence that might have been improperly obtained by the police. This evidence will usually take the form of statements made by the accused (confessions or admissions), physical evidence (i.e., contraband or the “smoking gun”) or identification testimony (i.e., derived from a photo array, show-up or line-up identification procedure). Prior...

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May

27

2014
From Arrest to Arraignment

From Arrest to Arraignment

Perhaps you already know the value of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Even more important is to know the point in a criminal investigation or prosecution when it is best for the target or subject of the investigation or arrest to seek out the best legal representation possible. In most cases, timely involvement by an experienced lawyer can have a drastic impact on the outcome...

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