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Gun Owners are a New Target in Home Burglaries

Gun owners often purchase weapons with the specific intent of home protection. Ironically, however, these home security instruments may be linked to an increase in burglaries. With the recent changes in New York State’s gun legislation making it difficult to access firearms, robbers may be targeting homes listed with gun permits. In New York, gun… Read More »

Tax Refund Identity Theft – Could it Happen to You?

We are all familiar with identity theft. A person gets access to your Social Security number and uses it to open credit card accounts in your name. He charges thousands of dollars, and you have no idea what has happened until you receive the bill. However, as people have become aware of this type of… Read More »

Securities Fraud: When Pennies Count

Most securities fraud cases involve significant thefts from individual victims, like the alleged $64 billion Ponzi scheme run by Bernie Madoff. However, some cases show that fraudulent conduct involving small amounts of money can add up to millions of dollars of illicit profit if the conduct is allowed to continue over a long period. The… Read More »

NYC Petty Arrests Are on the Rise

In 2011, almost 420,000 adults were arrested for misdemeanor crimes in the state of New York. Misdemeanors are divided into two levels, and can result in up to a year in county jail. Common misdemeanors include shoplifting, trespassing and certain small drug offenses. However, there has been a recent increase in the number of petty… Read More »

Minimum Mandatory Gun Sentences May Have More Flexibility Than You Think

The Sandy Hook massacre sparked a massive nationwide debate on gun laws. In New York, this resulted in the enactment of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE Act). Under the new gun legislation, high-capacity magazines and assault weapons are banned in the state of New York. There are also… Read More »

Fighting Crime in the 21st Century — on Facebook

With the advent of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, police have a new tool at their disposal to fight crime. Oftentimes, unsavvy criminals expose their guilt with a tweet or a status update. However, police also use the internet to prevent crime via social outreach. At the New York City Police Department,… Read More »

The Sad Aftermath of New York’s Rockefeller Drug Sentencing Laws

In a recent edition of National Public Radio’s Prison Time Media Project, a victim of the Rockefeller drugs laws shared his tragic story. In the late 1970s, George Prendes was a young Cuban immigrant facing eviction from his apartment. Desperate to pay the bills, Prendes reluctantly agreed to sell a pound of cocaine in Rochester…. Read More »

Know Your Rights When You’re Under Arrest

In New York, the police take their duties very seriously — even when it comes to laughter. Long Island resident Robert Schiavelli was chuckling in his living room until police charged him with disturbing the peace. Allegedly, Robert Schiavelli’s laughter was audible from across the driveway. Oftentimes, a criminal arrest is just plain laughable, or… Read More »

NYC Man Convicted of Manslaughter After Third Trial

After a mistrial, a conviction and a successful appeal for a new trial, a New York man is behind bars for good. For nearly three decades, a fatal shooting left Atlantic City police puzzled. But in 2002, authorities finally located a suspect — New York City resident Brian Wilson. After a long and arduous courtroom… Read More »

Joseph Tacopina: “Don’t Blame the Jury” for Zimmerman’s Acquittal

The highly publicized trial of George Zimmerman captured the attention of people everywhere. The jury’s decision to acquit sparked outrage among those who believe that the death of Trayvon Martin was a direct result of racial bias.  When asked to comment on the case, New York attorney Joseph Tacopina said, “Based on the evidence at… Read More »

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