Although the state of New York is working hard at the war on drugs, anyone in New York that is accused of a drug crime is entitled to the same legal protections as anybody else. A drug conviction can carry severe penalties, including consequences that can follow a person for the rest of his or her life. Still, regardless of any past history with the law, each person facing drug charges is entitled to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence. With these issues in mind, Syracuse readers may be interested in the story of an Ithaca man who must now gather his wits to build a strong defense for himself after having been charged with possession of heroin. The 41-year-old man admittedly has a sketchy history with the law. He holds a 1999 conviction of marijuana possession and was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to felony possession. The 1999 charges stemmed from possession of 21 marijuana plants. He also had a brief marriage with a woman who was formerly known as a world-class figure skater, but whose reputation was tarnished after being caught with nearly 6 ounces of heroin on her person -- approximately the equivalent of 500 doses.
A New York man who purportedly threatened to kill his wife and step-daughter in a blog post is facing criminal charges after allegedly trying to follow through on his threats. On the day the couple's divorce was due to be finalized, the man is accused of shooting his wife and step-daughter in their apartment. A witness called to report that shots had been fired, and the women were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Criminal charges filed against the man include: murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.The step-daughter was declared deceased hours after arriving at a New York hospital, and the wife is reported to be in critical condition. The couple had apparently been estranged since 2009. They were married for five and a half years. Former neighbors of the man allege to have previously witnessed violent behavior from him.
New York residents are aware of the harsh penalties for drinking and driving. But not many people would ever think that their own children would turn them in for DWI. This is exactly what happened to a Rushville woman whose son called 911 when he suspected her of drinking and driving.The incident occurred when the 47-year-old woman picked up her 15-year-old son from school along with another 15-year-old boy. Police reports indicate that the woman dropped off the second 15-year-old and proceeded to take her son home. This is where the situation took a turn, when the woman and her son got into an argument.
Being accused of federal charges of fraud and money laundering can be serious indeed. A conviction on these types of charges can result in prison time, as well as heavy fines and restitution costs. One man in New York may be discovering the potential difficulties of grappling with fraud charges, as he now faces a criminal complaint that was filed in U.S. District Court in New York.The man was recently arrested in Florida and was accused of promising investors early shares in some very well-known companies. Two of the companies he allegedly was offering shares in were Facebook and Groupon. The company name he used was Praetorian Global Fund Limited, based out of the British Virgin Islands. It is alleged that investors put some $11 million into the company.