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Endangering the Welfare of a Child

court-150x1501In a recent case before Judge Sciarrino, sitting in the Criminal Court in Queens County, the judge found that the possession of cocaine can amount to endangering the welfare of a child. In the case before Judge Sorentino, the prosecutors filed an accusatory instrument claiming that cocaine was recovered from the defendant’s apartment. At the time the police made the arrest, there was a small child residing with the defendant. The cocaine was unsecured and was just lying around in the apartment. The defendant claimed that the cocaine was on top of the refrigerator and therefore it was beyond the reach of the child. Judge Sciarrino was concerned. If the cocaine was left lying around, the child could assume that this illegal substance was a common household item. He felt this would create and set a terrible example for the child. The court ruled that since there were factual allegations set forth by the prosecutors in their accusatory instrument, they had sufficiently laid out pleadings for endangering the welfare of a child and that the case would not be dismissed.

photo-150x150Family Issues and Criminal Matters

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with drug offenses and all types of misdemeanors and felonies. We also litigate orders of protection and issues involving child abuse and child neglect. Feel free to call us for a free consultation.

Drug Treatment Programs for Prisoners

criminal1-150x150There are approximately 60,000 inmates in New York state prisons that require drug treatment or drug counseling. If given drug treatment or drug counseling, these men and women will have a greater opportunity to live drug free when they are released from prison.

The New York State Department of Corrections recently conducted a three year study of drug treatment and alcohol treatment programs available to prisoners in New York State. The results of the study were that New York prisons are providing no treatment, or extremely poor treatment, to the 60,000 prisoners in the system who need these services.

Drug and Alcohol Deficiencies

The New York state prison system does not screen prisoners based on their drug and alcohol problems. Some prisoners need intensive programs, while others need less intensive programs. There is no way to ascertain this information. This causes a waste of valuable resources.

Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Problems

In addition to the screening for the severity of drug or alcohol abuse, the prisoners must also be screened as to their level of motivation to help themselves deal with these issues. Overcoming drug and alcohol addictions requires motivated individuals. When prisoners finish their sentences, there should be follow up treatment programs in their local communities. This will help prevent recidivism. It is much less expensive to treat an individual for alcohol or drug addiction than to house him or her in prison at the taxpayers expense.

The treatment programs should be based on a three phased system. Programs should start with the six month residential treatment program. During the course of this program, the prisoner should live in separate dorm facilities than the general population. Thereafter, they should be integrated into the general population of the prison. After being released from prison, there should be follow up treatment programs.

Alcohol and drug addiction are society’s problems. Warehousing individuals who suffer from these addictions is much more expensive then treating them.

Criminal Attorneys

Our office provides aggressive legal representation for individuals charged with the following criminal offenses: drug offenses; domestic violence; misdemeanors; felonies; assault and battery; juvenile defense; shoplifting; burglary; driving while intoxicated (DWI); weapons possession; sex crimes; white collar crimes and violent crimes. In addition, we assist our clients in obtaining bail and in dealing with traffic tickets. Contact us for a free consultation.

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