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As with most drug penalty schedules, penalties for selling marijuana in New York City are pegged to the quantity of drug being sold, but you can be charged with a misdemeanor even if you transfer a small amount of marijuana without taking money.
In general, if you are caught selling less than 25 grams of marijuana, you’ll face a misdemeanor charge with a penalty of up to one year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.
While the term bank fraud can apply to financial institutions that use fraudulent means to operate, in most cases the concept applies to individuals who attempt to secure money or other assets from a financial institution through fraudulent means.
There are many types of conduct that can fall under the umbrella of bank fraud, including check kiting, credit card fraud, impersonating another person, forging relevant documents to obtain a loan or other financial instrument, and embezzlement.
In New York and all across the country, there is an enormous appetite on the part of non-citizens to live in America and take part in the nation’s vast opportunity.
But there are hurdles and obstacles to their aspirations, and many immigrants decide to take short cuts that can cause them problems down the road.
There are two levels of charges that can be levied for those caught with devices that are designed or have been converted to read and re-encode credit cards.
For a first offender caught with such a device, you’ll likely be charged with the Class A misdemeanor Unlawful Possession of a Skimmer Device in the Second Degree.
Access to safe housing is a core right protected by both the State of New York and the United States Government.
At the federal level, violations of the Fair Housing Act may be adjudicated in several ways, typically resulting in large fines for the landlord.
In addition, if threats or intimidation are used to coerce a person to vacate or avoid housing, criminal penalties and additional fines may be assessed.
Unfortunately, the question is much more complicated than you may realize.
Not only is immigration law handled at the federal level, which doesn’t take into account New York’s definition of crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, but immigration authorities take a more case-by-case approach to categories of crimes.
New York has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and prosecutors are only too happy to prosecute innocent people who were ignorant of the law.
There are four grades of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in New York, and three are classified as violent felonies.
In the Fourth Degree, you are alleged to have improperly possessed a weapon, regardless of your intentions as to its use.
RICO (“Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act”) is a federal statute designed to target larger criminal operations that may function in multiple states, often with a “clean” business to cover up the illicit activities.
Originally envisioned as an effort to take down the Mafia, one of RICO’s more important functions is to allow an organization’s leadership to be tried for the crimes that it has ordered.
Sometimes it seems like there are so many ways for kids to get in trouble today, especially kids with unique gifts when it comes to computers.
Hacking into government computer systems is a violation of federal law, and the penalties can be exorbitant depending on the activity itself.
While it is a crime simply to access government computers without authorization, it is also against federal law to use certain devices and codes to gain unlawful entry into computer systems.
New York prosecutes assault at three levels, two of which are felonies.
For the lowest level assault, Assault in the Third Degree, you will face a misdemeanor conviction with a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
At this level, it is relatively easy to develop alternative sentencing strategies, negotiate lesser charges, or even beat the charge with claims of self-defense or similar.