Anyone charged with a crime in New York, and anywhere else in the United States, has a right to a fair trial. When the circumstances of an incident dictate that federal criminal charges are filed, these rights become even more important as the consequences are often even more detrimental to those who may be convicted. A recent analysis of thousands of federal court cases has found disparities among sentencing in similar types of cases by different judges. But one question remains: What does it all mean?
Charges of violent crimes, especially on the level of suspected terrorism, are understandably significant and weighty charges with severe consequences upon conviction. But if one were to be wrongfully charged, their lives and reputations would be forever changed despite their being innocent of the crime alleged. Because of this, it is no doubt intimidating when one is dealing with criminal charges for a violent crime, such as plotting to commit murder using an illegal weapon. This may likely be the issue in a recent case against a New York man for suspected state-level terrorism.
Authorities claim that a recently uncovered insurance fraud ring in New York is the largest in the history of its kind. According to prosecutors, these white collar crime allegations involved ten licensed doctors, three lawyers, thousands of patients, numerous clinics and 105 corporate entities working together in an alleged attempt to make over $275 million in fraudulent charges to auto insurance companies. It is said that the ring was led by a criminal gang based in New York City.
An Upstate New York man was recently arrested for possession of drugs after being pulled over by local law enforcement officers. Authorities indicate they initially stopped him for driving while having an inadequate muffler on his vehicle. Upon being pulled over, police searched the man's vehicle and claim to have seized a glass smoking pipe that contained marijuana resin. The man was arrested on drug charges for unlawful possession of marijuana, and issued appearance tickets for a forthcoming court date.
Cases involving alleged drunk driving can be intimidating enough, but when they are coupled with additional traffic violations the stakes are raised even higher. Such was the case earlier this week when a woman headed eastbound on Tallman Street in Syracuse allegedly drove over the center line into oncoming traffic. Her vehicle collided head-on with another car, but fortunately neither driver was injured in the collision. Police arrested the woman for a DWI charge as well as ticketed her for failure to keep right.