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Robbing a bank in New York City is absolutely illegal, but it won’t be the State of New York who prosecutes you for it.
Because deposit accounts in American banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, it’s the FBI that has jurisdiction in bank robbery cases.
Federal penalties for bank robbery can carry a sentence of up to 20 years for each count, with enormous fines as part of the sentence.
Like other drug offenses, the severity of the charge for possession of cocaine is directly related to the quantity of the substance you are alleged to have possessed.
Unlike many other drugs, the quantities involved in cocaine possession charges start at truly miniscule levels.
Possession of less than 500mg of cocaine is a Class A Misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to one year and a $1000 fine.
No, it is a violation of federal law to fill a prescription that was written by a “cyberdoc” who has not properly evaluated a patient.
While investigators rarely target consumers who receive prescription drugs from online pharmacies or overseas pharmacies, purchasing large amounts of drugs through foreign online sources and/or without a valid prescription can result in involvement by various federal law enforcement entities, and even charges of drug trafficking, importation, and more.
Shoplifting is a theft crime, and penalties for shoplifting increase based on the value of the goods you are alleged to have stolen.
There are also a variety of charges that may be leveled, from Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, to Petit Larceny, to Grand Larceny.
Regardless of the value of the goods in question, you will be charged with at least an A Misdemeanor, carrying a potential sentence of one year in jail, a $1000 fine, restitution to the victim, and a lifelong record of criminal conviction.
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.