The divide that immigration policies have created among Americans is evident. While there seems to be no end in sight in regards to solving the illegal immigrant issue in the country, lawmakers in New York are debating the extent of the state's legal help with certain groups. Many argue that immigrants convicted of criminal crimes should not qualify for state-assisted funding, but where should the line between petty and serious crimes be drawn?
Kidnapping is the taking of any person against his or her will -- making the crime an incredibly serious one. Likewise, the state of New York considers kidnapping a felony. There are, however, cases that are wrongly interpreted and therefore are deserving of further scrutiny. Parental kidnapping is a complex topic, but it is important to understand the crime through the lenses of recent cases, law enforcement and the court system.
You have likely heard a story similar to this before: an unsuspecting person in New York receives an email from someone claiming to be an African prince in exile. He has millions of dollars tied up in banks in his home country that he needs to transfer to a U.S. bank account. The email states that if the recipient will simply provide his or her account information, the prince will pay him $10,000 for allowing him to temporarily use the account. The recipient sends the information, only to discover a few days later that all of his or her money is missing.
The term "money laundering" is no stranger to most New York business people: it often makes headlining news, is ingrained in the societal psyche through the legal system and also makes appearances through the mode of Hollywood blockbusters. Yet what happens when this infamous topic applies to the everday individual? Mistakes do happen, but the U.S. legal system does not take federal crimes such as money laundering lightly. It is important to know the types of existing money laundering charges and the potential repercussions if such a crime does occur.
The opioid epidemic may be taking the American media spotlight, especially in states such as Ohio and West Virginia. Yet other areas in the country are dealing with another type of drug issue: meth trafficking and distribution. The handling of such a drug, with the intent to distribute, comes with serious legal consequences in New York. Some of these consequences are so severe that they inhibit offenders from carrying out normal and healthly lives in the future.
For people in New York and all over the nation, understanding what different government agencies actually do can be very enlightening. This is certainly true of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which serves a very important role in both investigating federal offenses, as well as preventing them from happening in the first place.
While there are many criminal offenses that are well-known in New York, such as drunk driving and embezzlement, there are others you may have never heard of that are just as common. One of the fastest-growing types of federal crimes is immigration crimes, something that is becoming a bigger problem each year as more and more foreigners seek to make the United States their home.
Because the United States Postal Service is a federal organization, conducting mail fraud in New York or elsewhere in the country is a federal crime. If you are convicted, it may lead to extremely serious consequences. However, five conditions have to be met before an act is considered mail fraud, according to the Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute.
Property values in New York City are among the highest in the country. While this is good news for sellers, buyers are often concerned with how the property's price tag will affect their property tax rate. Do these factors encourage crime?
In a speech in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled that the federal government will double-down on the drug war. He also implied that homicide and other violent crimes are on the rise in the U.S.