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If you’re being investigated or have been charged by federal authorities in relation to a cocaine trafficking enterprise, you need to understand the severity of the penalties you’ll face if convicted.
Even as a first offender, if you’re convicted of trafficking in less than 5 kilograms of cocaine, you’ll find yourself in federal prison for at least 5 years – and not more than 40 years.
Burglary is defined as entering a home or building with the intent of committing a crime, and it is considered a violent felony in New York, whether or not you were armed and whether or not anyone was home while you were there.
It is charged along three degrees, with increasingly punitive sentences for conviction.
Kidnapping is charged as either a first or second degree crime, but unlike many crimes with multiple charging levels, both degrees are felonies.
Second Degree Kidnapping is defined simply as abducting another person, and carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Kidnapping in the First Degree is defined as abducting a person with the intent of collecting a ransom, or when the victim is restrained for a period of 12 hours or more during the commission of another felony, where physical injury or sexual assault occurs, to terrorize another person, or to interfere with the actions of government.
Yes, New York has passed a medical marijuana statute through the legislative process, but the details of the law, and how thoroughly the state will choose to implement it, remain to be seen.
Generally speaking, New York now authorizes medical marijuana for a handful of serious and life-threatening conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinsons, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and spinal cord injuries.
Federal child pornography convictions are serious crimes that may carry mandatory minimum sentences of many years in prison, and the routine communications technologies we use every day mean that even what we may think of as innocent communications may rise to the level of criminal child pornography production, distribution, or possession.
Marijuana cultivation in New York is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a potential sentence of one year in jail and a fine of up to $1000.
If that sounds like a slap on the wrist, keep in mind that you’ll also be charged with possession for the weight of the plants grown.
Penalties for possession vary, but generally, the more your grow, the more likely you are to cross into felony territory.
Human Trafficking is a federal crime prosecuted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and subsequent reauthorizations.
Persons involved in human trafficking operations also run the risk of legal exposure to federal RICO statutes, as well as a host of other federal laws covering areas as diverse as trade and tariff regulations, child protection statutes, and even national defense.
Racketeering is a pattern of illegal activity carried on as a business or a quasi-business enterprise, often across several states.
It is a federal crime, and prosecutors take an exceptional interest in racketeering crimes.
Traditionally, racketeering referred to organized crime activities, like the Mafia extorting protection money from shop owners, when it was mobsters themselves who would damage the property if the protection money wasn’t paid.
Because perjury is used to subvert the justice system, it is prosecuted harshly in New York.
There are three degrees of perjury, charged according to the seriousness of the alleged falsehoods, and the role that the misinformation plays in the outcome of the situation at hand.
“Swearing falsely,” is how Third Degree Perjury is described, and this is the base charge for Perjury. On its own, this is a Class A Misdemeanor, which can carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine.
Michael Ruiz, a serial immigration agent impersonator from the New York area, pleads guilty to federal charges for stealing more than $60,000 from several immigrants in Florida State after stealing over $150,000 from over 20 immigrants in the New York area.
Ruiz admitted that between late 2007 and 2009, he has been approaching victims with his falsified immigration agent identity to offer them aid with their immigration matters for a certain fee. In one incident when one of the victims refused his help, Ruiz admitted to have threatened to derail his pending naturalization application.