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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.
Social Security fraud crimes include a variety of acts that cause an individual to receive money to which they are not entitled.
This may include filing a false claim based on medical evidence that is falsified or exaggerated, continuing to receive payments even though you have become well enough to work, and failing to notify the Social Security Administration of the death of a relative in order to receive and fraudulently cash their checks.
When we talk about armed robbery in New York, we are usually discussing the classic scenario of a person with a gun demanding money or valuables from a store clerk, a bank teller, or a person on the street.
This type of crime, the forcible appropriation of another person’s property under the threat of deadly force, is charged by the State of New York as Robbery in the First Degree, and carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison.
Yes, if you’re arrested on a domestic violence charge in New York City, a temporary order of protection will be one condition of your release from jail.
This order will be in effect until a hearing can be scheduled, sometimes as long as several weeks later.
This can cause big problems in your life by preventing you from going home, seeing or talking to your spouse or significant other, or visiting with your children.
Technically, yes, you may have committed tax fraud or evasion when you portrayed your income inaccurately in order to receive larger subsidies for health insurance.
If your application triggered an audit, it’s likely that you have a history of providing the IRS with filings that contain “red flags,” but it’s also possible that your number simply came up and the two aren’t related. Still, caution is called for.