No matter which corner of the political arena you sit in, almost everyone in New York can empathize or sympathize with immigrants who illegally enter the U.S. in search of a better life. Fleeing from mass corruption, crime, violence, crippling poverty and war, many are desperate to leave those things behind, and we can certainly understand that. With these sentiments, it is perhaps also understandable when border corruption occurs, a type of white-collar crime that includes both drug and alien smuggling.
The common assumption amongst most in New York is likely that it is impossible to "accidently" commit a crime (particularly a federal one). Thus, claims if innocence to criminal activity are often met with great deal of skepticism. However, there are indeed where circumstances unbeknownst to you could indeed invite criminal scrutiny, especially if you are in the business of employing the others.
There is a certain stigma that seems to accompany federal crimes, as though people in New York view them as being more serious than state offenses. The reality is that all criminally activity is equally serious; the only elements that designate a crime as being federal are jurisdictional issues. So ultimately, you would rather not have any infractions on your criminal record. Yet if you do, and yours happens to be for a federal offense, then you might be wondering if you qualify to have your federal record expunged.
When most New Yorkers think of counterfeit crimes, fake money typically comes to mind. However, there are a myriad of ways one can carry out this federal crime. More recently, there has been a seizure of parking placards in the state -- an item that has fuelled a black market industry over the years. While the act seemed minor in some ways, the penalties for these types of crimes can be serious.
Penalties attached to most drug-related crimes can quickly become mountainous. When these crimes involve narcotics, the repercussions can become all the more extreme. While New York has worked diligently to address the antiquated elements within its Rockefeller Drug Laws, the penalties can nevertheless be severe, resulting in charges that can affect a person's reputation and overall quality of life.
People in New York who are accused of crimes involving illegal or prescription drugs have long had to work hard to defend themselves and protect their rights when facing these allegations. Now their challenges may be increasing as more emphasis is being put on finding people to blame for the deaths of those who die due to drug overdoses. Rather than simply acknowledging that a person may have had a drug addiction that ended up claiming their life, authorities want instead to hold someone else accountable. The alleged drug dealers may well be the someone else in many cases.
Propelled through popular media portrayals, federal drug charges are no form of entertainment in reality. New York's penalties surrounding such crimes can have lasting effects on individuals who might not have even had a strong hand in the incident. There have been many instances of controversy in regard to the ways the nation handles serious drug charges, but many would argue that the severity of penalties often far outweighs the crimes themselves.
No matter the reason, discovering that a tax evasion charge may be right around the corner can set the stage for a world of stress. New Yorkers going through this difficult time might express confusion over the steps to come -- including the defense of a federal crime and the legal process in general. Even when the situation appears bleak, there are details to each case that are deserving of special time and attention.
Unlike small drug offenses, a federal drug charge can mean extensive cooperation with court systems, costly fees and even months and years behind bars. As jarring as a drug charge may be, these types of offenses happen to average, working professionals across New York. Because one case can be entirely different from the next, the repercussions that follow can vary, as well.
Most New York residents likely know that over the last few years, a handlful of states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation that has allows marijuana to be used for recreational purposes within their jurisdictions. While the trend started in the western part of the country, neighboring Vermont and Massachusetts have followed suit and there are rumblings that New Jersey may also legalize recreational pot.