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Criminal defense: Brooklyn man charged with attempted murder

A man believed to have viciously assaulted his girlfriend and their 2-year-old child is in custody pending a psychiatric evaluation, according to local sources. New York police arrested the 26-year-old man, who stands charged with a variety of crimes, including attempted murder. He was set to be arraigned in a Brooklyn court on Dec. 1. There was no word as of this report whether he had yet retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to police accounts, they were called to an apartment building in Brooklyn after neighbors called 911, saying they heard screaming. When they arrived, they apparently found the accused man's 2-year-old son suffering from a puncture wound to his temple, and the child's 24-year-old mother bleeding from lacerations on her forearm and leg. Both were taken to local hospitals, where the mother was treated and released. The child remains in critical condition and doctors fear he could have suffered brain damage. 

Man facing DWI charge after rear-end collision

While everyone hears that drinking and driving do not mix, many people still make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks. While some people may do so because they think they will not get caught or will otherwise not face any negative repercussions, that is not typically the case. In fact, accidents and DWI charges commonly result.

It was recently reported that one man in New York was taken into custody after a rear-end collision. Apparently, the 35-year-old man was driving with his 3-year-old son in the vehicle when he struck the back of another car that was stopped in traffic. Officers came to the scene and indicated that the man appeared intoxicated.

If a plea bargain is offered, should you take it?

Under some circumstances, a person may feel that he or she will appear guilty no matter how much of a defense is put up. Certain pieces of evidence may seem particularly difficult to combat, and as a result, an accused person may wonder how he or she will get out of the case with even slightly favorable outcomes.

If you are facing such a situation, you do not have to feel out of hope. Even if you worry that you cannot fight back against the evidence that the prosecution has against you, you may want to first thoroughly review your legal options. Feeling hopeless is easy when you do not have the right information, and you may come across some information that helps you see your case in a different light.

New York college student arrested for assault of roommate

It is understandable, perhaps even expected, that people who are forced to live in close quarters with one another will experience some degree of conflict. That conflict, however, rarely turns violent. Unfortunately, an altercation between two roommates in New York resulted in the arrest of one on assault charges.

The incident reportedly happened during the early morning hours in a day in October. Reports indicate that the alleged victim, a 23-year-old man, returned home to the apartment he shared with others and complained about the defendant's music. The defendant, a college student, reportedly left the apartment and went to a nearby home, described as an unsanctioned frat house, to watch football.

Men face felony charges over New York drug ring

Anyone who has been involved with the criminal justice system -- especially those with little experience or training -- likely realizes that it can be complicated and confusing. Because of the high stakes associated with felony charges, most people facing them want an experienced professional on their side as they respond. In fact, two men recently arrested in New York are likely considering their legal options.

The men were reportedly arrested on a day in October. Law enforcement officials reportedly launched an investigation following the overdose of four different people; three of those people died. Though the details are unclear, police say that the arrests happened as a result of wire taps. 

New York man dropping off children at school charged with DWI

Anyone who has school-aged children likely knows of the difficulties associated with getting them ready and off to school in the mornings. Unfortunately, a recent school drop-off for a man and his two daughters in New York resulted in criminal charges. Police say that the man has been charged with DWI, driving while intoxicated.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened at a school at approximately 9 a.m. on a day in early October. A staff member at the school reportedly notified a school resource officer that a man, who dropped off his two daughters, seemed to be under the influence of alcohol. The officer stopped the man before he left the parking lot.

New York man accused of murder after suspected burglar dies

Most people likely have no idea how they would react if they were faced with a home intruder. However, the urge to protect self and property is likely an understandable one. Despite this, a man in New York faces a murder charge after an alleged confrontation with a man that reports indicate may have been trying to rob his home.

According to reports, the incident happened during the late night hours of a day in September. The wife of the man now charged reports that she and her husband were in bed when she heard someone on their property, "prowling around." She says that she went downstairs and saw someone in her backyard; she ordered the person to leave, then called the police.

Steps to take if pulled over for DWI in New York

Drunk driving accidents account for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. That stat alone may lead some to think twice before drinking and driving, but many continue to do it anyway.

Laws for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be harsh in New York and are set up to punish people who put themselves and others at risk by driving drunk. However, the rights of many people stopped under suspicion of DWI can often be violated by officers.

The 3 categories of theft, depending on severity

Standing accused of any type of crime can turn your life upside down. A number of scenarios could lead to criminal charges coming against you, and from the start, it is important for you to gain as much information as possible about the charges themselves and your options for addressing them.

If someone accuses you of taking his or her property without the intention of returning it, it is likely that the person is accusing you of theft. However, if criminal charges come against you as a result of the accusations, the charges will fall into a specific category of theft.

Man faces DWI in fatal New York accident

Most every driver in New York has had a moment when their tires momentarily leave the road. While this is often innocuous, it can cause some drivers to panic and overcorrect. However, depending on the time of day and age of the driver, police may be quick to assume that an accident that follows such a scenario is related to DWI.

Unfortunately, police have accused a 26-year-old male driver of causing a fatal accident while he was intoxicated. The incident reportedly happened just after 6:30 a.m. on a day in late August. According to reports, the driver's vehicle went off the road at an intersection. His vehicle then, police say, crossed a "median/pedestrian area" in the center of the road.

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