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New York’s New Prescription Drug Laws Pending in the Legislature

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has introduced legislation  in the State Legislature that would aggressively expand New York’s prescription drug laws and existing Prescription Monitoring Programs (PMPs). Many argue that the new legislation goes too far and interferes with the special relationship between a patient and a doctor. It is expected to […]

College Student to Receive Rehab After Drug Bust on New York Campus

A Columbia University student was caught in a campus drug bust late last year when trying to sell $5,000 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer. He faces one year of drug treatment rather than prison time, however. After successfully completing the treatment, this student will have the opportunity to withdraw his plea and […]

iPhone and iPad Theft in Queens and NYC on the Rise this Holiday Season

This holiday season, the New York Police Department (NYPD) pushed a two-pronged strategy to combat the growing rates of theft for the popular iPad and iPhone products. Undercover NYPD officers on MTA subways worked to apprehend offenders for allegedly stealing the electronic gadgets from passengers. Other offenders were arrested for criminal possession of stolen property […]

Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests in New York City Drop by 13% with NYPD Enforcement Changes

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly advised NYPD officers to not arrest people for small amounts of drugs found in their pockets in a September memo, which said, “A crime will not be charged to an individual who is requested or compelled to engage in the behavior that results in the public display of […]

Queens DWI Lawyer Comments on Man Arrested for Wearing “I’m A Drunk” T-Shirt and Ironic Crash

Last week, a 22-year-old Long Island man was taken into custody by Suffolk County police officers in one of the most ironic drunk driving cases New York has seen lately. The man was wearing a black shirt that read “I’m Not an Alcoholic – I’m a Drunk – Alcoholics Go to Meetings.” The man hit […]

NYPD Increases Undercover Cops to Curb Theft Crimes on New York Subways

New York City subway crime was reported as up 16.6% over 2010 rates during the same period. This August showed a 27% increase over August in the previous year. These crimes include theft, robbery, sexual assault, drug crimes, and other offenses. In response to the public’s concern over safety and increased thefts, the NYPD is […]

16 Officers Indicted in Most Recent NYPD Police Misconduct Scandal

The NYPD has been in the news quite a bit this month, with the revelation of widespread fabrication in several Queens drug arrests, treatment of protesters during Occupy Wall street, and close attention to selective stop and frisk in light of allegations of racism. The recent culmination of a three-year investigation has also revealed roughly […]

New Drug Charge Fabrication Testimony Reveals Widespread Police Corruption in Brooklyn and Queens Narcotics Squads

In 2010, Maximo and Jose Colon were cleared of falsified drug charges made by Detective Stephen Anderson and Officer Henry Tavarez, NYPD narcotics officers. Video tape revealed that the alleged cocaine deal never occurred, furthering the case in the Colon brothers favor. The two brothers later received a reported $300,000 in a tax-payer funded settlement. […]