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The Difference Between Stalking and Harassment in Queens

The Difference Between Stalking and Harassment in Queens In many ways, the crimes of harassment and stalking are very similar. Both of them involve following, intimidating, or repeatedly communicating with another person who doesn’t want the attention. The intent requirements are also quite similar. Beyond this, these crimes are a bit different in many ways, including in how they are punished, with stalking having a higher potential penalties....

Is “Promoting Suicide” with Texting or Bullying the Same as Murder?

Is “Promoting Suicide” with Texting or Bullying the Same as Murder? A recent New York Times article discussed a Massachusetts case where a 20 year old is being charged with involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her 17 year-old boyfriend to commit suicide by texting him messages encouraging him to kill himself. Along with the recent concern of parents and teachers around the country with the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, the question of who is...

Why Would Charges Get Dropped in Queens?

Why Would Charges Get Dropped in Queens? Being charged with a crime and being convicted of a crime are two very different things that require very different levels of proof. A lot can happen between the time you are arrested and charged and the time you are convicted, plead guilty, or are acquitted of a crime. Many times, police and prosecutors start their cases by applying the law strictly, but once they see the actual evidence they...

Is Burglary Theft?

Is Burglary Theft? “Burglary” is a legal term with a specific definition. In most states, including New York, burglary does not automatically imply theft. In fact, burglary is a crime that involves being in a building with the intent to commit a crime. Many people who are not police or lawyers confuse robbery with burglary, or assume that they are both theft crimes. The Queens, NY criminal defense...

What is a Class A Felony in New York City?

What is a Class A Felony in New York City? Like many states, New York divides its crimes into two types: felonies and misdemeanors.  New York goes further and divides each of these into three levels of felonies and misdemeanors, with each getting different general punishments and treatment in the criminal justice system.  Class A felonies are the worst class of crime and carry the highest penalties in New York State. If you...

What is a Class B Felony in New York City?

What is a Class B Felony in New York City? Most people already know that felonies are more serious criminal charges than misdemeanors.  But what fewer people realize is that there are several different kinds of felonies.  Each state has its own system for categorizing – and punishing – felony offenses.  New York refers to each type of felony as a “class.”  In this article, the New York drug...