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New York school bus incident leads to assault charge

For many people, the importance of school bus drivers is often overlooked. They are often tasked with getting dozens of children safely to school, typically with no one else to help with supervision. Unfortunately, a substitute bus driver in New York is now out of a job and facing assault charges following an alleged encounter with a student riding the bus she was driving.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in January. According to the student, a 9-year-old girl, the bus driver stopped the bus on the way to school and asked her to move to the front of the bus. She claims that as she sat down, the bus driver "assaulted her, '' though the specifics of the alleged assault are unclear.

New York man charged with drug possession, other crimes

For many people in New York and across the country, the prospect of a confrontation with law enforcement officers can be unnerving. As such, some people may not immediately know how to respond, potentially resulting in legal complications. In fact, a man now faces multiple charges, including drug possession, after police say they attempted a traffic stop.

The incident that led to the 32-year-old man's arrest reportedly happened around 12:30 a.m. on a day in mid-January. According to reports, police officers attempted a traffic stop, though it is unclear what prompted the stop. Police claim that the man did not comply but also state that he stopped a few streets over.

New York traffic stop results in DWI charge

There are a variety of different reasons why someone would be driving during the early morning hours. Despite this, it may be easy for law enforcement officers to assume that those driving during the time period are under the influence of alcohol. For example, it is unclear what led a New York sheriff to suspect a driver was under the influence of alcohol resulting in the man's arrest and a DWI charge.

The incident happened just before 2 a.m. on a day in early January. According to reports, the deputy involved in the arrest was assigned to a STOP DWI unit. He reportedly pulled over vehicle driven by a 25-year-old man due to a traffic violation.

Have you or your company come under suspicion of email fraud?

Facing any type of criminal accusation can throw one's life out of balance. You may have believed that you were operating your business in accordance with the law or carrying out other activities without any notion that you were under suspicion. However, you ended up accused of a white-collar crime.

In particular, authorities suspect that you or your business has committed fraud through email phishing scams. As a result, you are now facing an investigation and may not be entirely certain what that means.

Falsified warrant leads to review of criminal cases in New York

Most people in New York and across the country would agree that the word of a law enforcement officer holds a great deal of weight. In fact, many people have found themselves facing criminal charges based on reports of incidents -- such as the discovery of drugs -- given by police. However, those who were defendants in criminal cases connected to a detective now accused of falsifying a search warrant application may be wondering whether illegal actions on the part of officers led to their arrest.

The detective at the center of the recent controversy was reportedly part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force in April 2018. He, along with his colleagues, reportedly had a warrant to search the first two floors of an apartment building; the owner of the building reportedly lived on the first floor of the building but rented out the second and third floors. At the time, the building owner was on probation for a conviction related to selling cocaine. 

Criminal defense: 13-year-old accused of murder

A teenager has been charged in the murder of a college freshman, according to local sources. New York authorities have arrested the 13-year-old boy, who cannot be publicly identified due to his minor status, and indicated that he would be charged with murder. A second individual was also in custody and being questioned, but that person had not yet been arrested by the time of the media report. When the teen faces formal charges in court, he will be represented by a criminal defense attorney.

According to the report, the young woman was stabbed to death in Morningside Park on the night of Dec. 11. It appears there may have been witnesses, as a report was made including a description of the clothing worn by the 13-year-old. The following day, police say he was found trespassing in a building wearing clothing that matched the description given by witnesses. He was searched by police, who say they discovered a knife on his person. 

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.

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