Generally speaking, New York residents like you may associate mailbox vandalism with harmless high school pranks. The stereotypical image is one of unruly teens taking bats to mailboxes as they drive past, knocking them over or denting the metal. But did you know that not only is this illegal, it's also a federal offense?
People in New York who may ever have been involved in any case involving federal criminal charges know just how complicated these matters can be. There may be nuances and the smallest of details that may make the difference between something being able to be identified as a federal crime or not. A current example of this can be seen in the matter of the former National Security Advisor.
New York residents may be aware of the fact that both illegal and controlled substances have certain legal restrictions and regulations, and that either can get someone in trouble with the law. But do they know the difference between these two substance types?
When hearing about allegations of criminal activity involving suspected mail fraud, it is understandable that New York residents may wonder exactly what that might entail. A murder charge is relatively clear in most cases as it involves the death of another person. With mail fraud, many things may contribute to a person being charged with this type of crime.
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.