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Blog Posts in May, 2013

  • What Qualifies as Kidnapping in New York?

    || 31-May-2013

    For many people, kidnapping is assumed to be a crime with the same penalties for every case. In fact, there are many different definitions and classifications of kidnapping, ranging in penalties if the accused is found guilty. Being informed on the different degrees and consequences of kidnapping is important, especially if you have been accused of a similar crime. At Hochheiser & Hochheiser, ...
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  • Sexual Offenses Involving a Controlled Substance

    || 24-May-2013

    New York state law is strict when it comes to sex crimes, especially when a controlled substance is involved. Sexual offenses, depending on their severity, can result in anywhere from 1-25 years in prison. What if you were involved in a sexual offense involving drugs? If you facilitate a sexual offense with a controlled substance, you could be subject to 7 years imprisonment. If you have been ...
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  • What are the Penalties for Vandalism in New York?

    || 20-May-2013

    In New York, vandalism is covered under the legal definition of " criminal mischief "—although this offense also covers a number of other wrongdoings. Under this statute, you would be subject to the penalties of criminal mischief in the first, second, third or fourth degree if you have intentionally or unlawfully destroyed another person's property. The severity to which you ...
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  • Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

    || 15-May-2013

    In the state of New York, lawmakers have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If it was discovered that you were in possession of 25 grams or less, for example, you would be issued a civil citation—which is punishable by a $100 fine for a first violation and a $200 fine for a second violation. Since this is not a criminal offense, you would not be sentenced to jail ...
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  • Understanding the Statutory Rape Laws in New York

    || 1-May-2013

    In the state of New York, it is illegal for an adult to engage in sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of seventeen. Since an individual cannot legally provide consent until they have reached the age of adulthood, one could be charged with a criminal offense even if the minor had agreed to participate. Under the law, this is known as " statutory rape." Although this law may seem ...
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