Violent Crime and Weapon Law in New York

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Violent crimes usually lead to contested, emotional court battles. Learn how violent crimes are treated in the New York penal codes and court systems, and how a lawyer can help you with your case.

  • ContentEncouraging Someone to Commit Suicide: Criminal Liability in New York

    New York has responded to the trend of encouraging another person to commit suicide by criminalizing this act. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges of this nature or a charge based on bullying, harassment or murder, it is important to understand the nature of the charges. A New York criminal defense lawyer can explain the charge and potential consequences of a conviction.

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  • ContentCriminal Sale of a Firearm in the Third Degree

    In New York, if you sell, exchange, give or dispose of a firearm to another person, and you did not have the legal authority to possess the firearm, you can be charged with third degree criminal sale of a fire arm. Even though the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution grants individuals the right to bear arms, there are state laws in New York that restrict the sale of firearms.

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  • ContentCarrying a Gun Illegally in a Vehicle

    If you have been caught with an illegally possessed gun in your car or truck, you haven’t really done much wrong and your legal problems aren’t too serious, right? Actually, the charge of criminal possession of a weapon in New York State is a serious charge. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, the charge may be a class C or D felony or a fourth degree misdemeanor, with legal penalties ranging from one to 15 years in jail.

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  • ContentAggravated Harassment in New York

    Aggravated harassment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, occurs when a person intentionally acts to harass, threaten, annoy or alarm another person, using a telephone, telegraph, the mail or any form of written communication, including electronic means. Simply making a call, even if no conversation takes place, can constitute aggravated harassment in the second degree.

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