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The importance of the arraignment

If a person has been arrested for a crime such as assault in New York state, the arraignment will typically arrive quickly, perhaps in less than 24 hours. However, the short time between arrest and arraignment is important because a defendant may otherwise be waiting in a jail cell for the opportunity meet the judge.

The arraignment is very significant because it allows the defendant certain rights, including the following:

  • Learning of the precise charges against him or her
  • Learning of the right to an attorney
  • Making an initial decision on the plea

New york turns an open ear to broken children

No area of the United States is exempt from domestic violence. Unfortunately, families report thousands of cases each year, and often the members most affected by this violence are children. Many children who experience violent, traumatic experiences often carry the negative repercussions from those experiences into adulthood. New York is one state that has recognized the need for additional resources for children who have gone through troubling incidents.


Will New York change the definition of gravity knives?

For years now, law enforcement in New York has had authority to arrest law-abiding citizens for carrying common knives used for work. With the wording of the current weapons law, almost any folding knife could be considered a gravity knife. As gravity knives are illegal, those accused of possessing one could face criminal weapons charges.

The New York Assembly understands that the law, as written and currently enforced, is unjust and leading to the arrest of otherwise excellent, hardworking citizens. For four years in a row, lawmakers have passed bills that would amend the definition of gravity knives and help protect those in trades that require the use of blades, like construction. Unfortunately, all previous attempts have gotten blocked, most recently by a gubernatorial veto.

Consequences of leaving the scene of an accident

Drivers in New York who leave the scene of an accident can expect some major consequences if they end up getting caught. Drivers who are involved in a crash, whether it is with another vehicle, a pedestrian or physical property, are required to stop and exchange information with the other parties involved. Although it may seem easier to flee in a chaotic situation, doing so is not a good idea.

According to YPD Crime, the punishment involved with hit-and-run accidents varies depending on the situation. In circumstances in which the accident causes injury to another person, the fine can range from $250 to $500 and is considered a class B misdemeanor for the first offense, and $500 to $1,000 and a class A misdemeanor for subsequent violations. These fines are in addition to other penalties such as jail time. Serious injury constitutes a class E felony, and death is considered to be a Class D felony, and these fines can be thousands of dollars.

Nat'l Motorists Assn urges feds to end push for ticket quotas

"The federal and state governments treat motorists like disciplinarian 'spare the rod, spoil the child' parents," says the head of the National Motorists Association, "except that motorists aren't children and there is scant evidence that the penalties inflicted by forced ticketing campaigns improve highway traffic safety,"

The group recently sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, urging her to appoint someone to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who will oppose federal policies that pressure law enforcement into using traffic ticket quotas. The position of NHTSA chief has been empty since the beginning of the Trump administration.

2 face heroin charges in Nassau County

You might expect to draw the attention of the cops if you happen to allegedly leave 100 doses of heroin on a car on the Long Island Rail Road.

That's what a couple of residents of East End are discovering after their arrest last month following a "long-term" multi-jurisdictional investigation by the East End Drug Task Force. The task force gets its funding from the District Attorney's Office of Suffolk County and is comprised of various local and state police agencies and departments in the area.

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