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What is a Class E Felony in New York City?

What is a Class E Felony in New York City? If you are reading these words because you or a family member has been charged with a Class E felony in New York City, it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney for help.  The penalties for a Class E felony can be extremely harsh, and in addition, a conviction will result in a criminal record which can follow you for the rest of your life.  In this article, the New...

Is Consent a Defense to Statutory Rape in New York?

Is Consent a Defense to Statutory Rape in New York? Every day in New York City, teenagers and young adults who have clean records find themselves entangled in serious criminal charges related to statutory rape.  Unlike most other rape charges, where the victim is forced or assaulted into compliance with the offender, statutory rape often involves couples who had no idea they were violating the law.  New York sex offense attorneys at...

What Legal Defenses Can Get DWI Charges Dropped in New York?

What Legal Defenses Can Get DWI Charges Dropped in New York? Being charged with DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is a nerve-wracking experience, and with good reason.  Penalties for intoxicated driving in New York can be extremely severe, not only in terms of the fines, jail time, and license suspension, but also the effects upon your reputation, employability, and your ability to take advantage of different opportunities in life.  For example, a...

Man Charged with Murder in Queens for Death of Infant with “Evil Eye” After Voodoo Ritual

Man Charged with Murder in Queens for Death of Infant with “Evil Eye” After Voodoo Ritual Sunnyside resident Jorge Baque, 36, was arrested late November in connection with the July death of his five-month-old infant daughter, Alaia Baque.  Baque has stated that the infant’s death was caused by a spiritual ritual intended to rid her of an “evil eye.”  Baque is being charged with assault, child endangerment, and murder for his suspected role in the...

Can Car Passengers Drink Alcohol in New York City?

Can Car Passengers Drink Alcohol in New York City? Everyone knows you can be arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), or, as many other states call it, driving under the influence (DUI).  But what about drinking in a vehicle when you aren’t the person who’s driving the car?  Our Queens DWI lawyers examine New York’s “open container” laws – and the potential consequences of drinking alcohol as a...

4-Year Prison Sentence for Man Convicted of Assault Weapons Possession in Queens

4-Year Prison Sentence for Man Convicted of Assault Weapons Possession in Queens Arverne, Queens resident Charles Williams, 23, was sentenced on Monday, December 5 to four years in prison for possession of two assault weapons.  Williams, who was convicted in November, told investigators he purchased the weapons online.  Our Queens weapons crimes lawyers examine why Williams was charged and convicted, and explain what types of firearms are considered to be assault...

Are Passengers Allowed to Bring Guns into JFK Airport?

Are Passengers Allowed to Bring Guns into JFK Airport? Airport security is tight in a post-9/11 world, and with the holiday season just around the bend, security measures are bound to get even stricter.  If you’re flying out of JFK for the holidays, and you’re planning on bringing a firearm, you should know about New York City’s laws for traveling with guns – because if you don’t, you could find yourself facing...

Gun, Drug Charges Dropped Against Brooklyn Hip Hop Artist Desiigner

Gun, Drug Charges Dropped Against Brooklyn Hip Hop Artist Desiigner Several gun- and drug-related charges against Brooklyn-based rapper Sidney Selby, known by his stage name “Desiigner,” were dropped in September after a criminal investigation failed to turn up evidence.  Our Brooklyn drug possession lawyers examine the events that led to Desiigner’s arrest – and the penalties he (and other defendants) might have faced if convicted....

NYPD Officer Charged with Manslaughter, Negligent Homicide in Brooklyn DWI Death of MIT Student

NYPD Officer Charged with Manslaughter, Negligent Homicide in Brooklyn DWI Death of MIT Student Earlier this month, former NYPD officer Nicholas Batka was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and other serious offenses in connection with the death of MIT student Andrew Esquivel.  Three others were non-fatally but severely injured when Batka’s vehicle mounted the curb where Esquivel was standing at the time of the accident.  Our Brooklyn DWI...

Queens Man Charged with Sex Trafficking in Brooklyn, Faces Mandatory Minimum Sentence

Queens Man Charged with Sex Trafficking in Brooklyn, Faces Mandatory Minimum Sentence A Queens man has been charged with sex trafficking of underage girls, an extremely serious felony offense under NY Penal Law § 230.34.  If convicted, the defendant may face a mandatory minimum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.  Our Queens sex crime defense lawyers explain New York City’s sex trafficking statute, and discuss some of the penalties that can result from a...