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Teenagers Should Not Be Tried As Adults

Jonathan Lipman is the Chief Judge of the State of New York. He seeks to reform our legal system with regard to the prosecution of teenagers as adults. He believes that teenagers who commit minor crimes should have these matters handled by the Family Courts and not the Criminal Courts. New York is one of only two states in the United States that try sixteen and seventeen year old as adults for minor offenses. Thousands of non violent youthful offenders should be given community service instead of being sentenced to jail as adults. When teenagers receive criminal records it has a negative impact in their fitting into society and obtaining meaningful employment in the future. Why should young lives be decimated by mistakes made as teenagers! Sometimes these teenagers are convicted before they grow into mature, reasonable adults. They should at least be given a chance to succeed.

Judge Lipman seeks to have the State Sentencing Commission submit a new bill to the State Legislature in 2012. He wants teenagers accused only of violent crimes prosecuted as adults. Teenagers who are charged with non violent crimes will have their cases handling under a pilot project in the Criminal Courts. Judge Lipman feels being more insightful with regard to the handling of cases involving teenagers in the long run is a better policy and will save large sums of money for the State’s present recidivism and eliminate unnecessary prison overcrowding.

I strongly agree with Judge Lipman’s suggestions. I hope the State Legislature will carry through with his ideas.

Family Court Lawyers

The Family Courts in the State of New York handle a variety of cases. They deal with orders of protection, child custody matters, juvenile cases, child abuse and child neglect cases. In addition, they deal with all types of problems involving juveniles. Both father’s rights and mother’s rights need to be protected in cases involving orders of protection in the Family Courts.

Our office can also assist you with regard to divorce related issues in the Supreme Courts. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-344-6431, 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Gravity Knife Not Admitted into Evidence, Case Dismissed

gravity-150x150In a recent case in New York County, Judge Martino, sitting in the Family Court, dismissed a juvenile proceeding. The juvenile was walking in February in what the police referred to as a high crime area. Police officers saw the juvenile walking alone. He was wearing a winter jacket and had a black ski mask. When the juvenile saw the police officers, he changed directions. He also put his hands in his pocket while walking away. The police officer stopped him and questioned him. They asked if he had any weapons on him. They then searched him and found a gravity knife.

Appeal Taken

The Appellate Division, an Appeals Court, held that looking startled and walking away from police officers is not criminal behavior. This does not generate a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. The court thereafter ruled that the police officers did not have the level of suspicion necessary to ask questions that could be incriminating, even in a high crime neighborhood. The court rule also found that wearing a ski mask and a heavy jacket in February while putting one’s hands in one’s pocket did not rise to the level of suspicion required under common law to indicate a crime was committed. The knife was suppressed, the case was dismissed.

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Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation for committing a crime, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo can help you. We represent individuals charged with a variety of offenses including, but not limited to, white collar crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, weapons possession, drunk driving (DWI), shoplifting, burglary, juvenile defenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, drug offenses and all types of felonies and misdemeanors. Call us should you have criminal problems. We can help you!

Suffolk County Develops Gun Shot System

gunshot-150x150In March of 2010, Suffolk County deployed a gun shot detection system in the two square-mile area of Huntington. This gun shot detection system uses computerized sound sensors to pick up the sounds of gun shots. The system is designed to establish the location of the origin of the gunshot. It is accurate to within approximately eighty feet. The system sends an alert to the police department of the origin of the gun shots.

A similar system has been utilized in Nassau County. The system in Nassau County has helped in providing of medical care for individuals who have been wounded by gun shots. They also have assisted the police in Nassau County in quickly identifying witnesses and making it easier to find the shooters and arrest them. The gun shot detection system in Nassau County, New York, was installed in Roosevelt and Uniondale, Long Island, in July of 2009. Since the installation of the system in Nassau County, there have been nine-hundred shooting incidents. The system in Nassau County is credited with the reduction of shooting incidents in Roosevelt and Uniondale.

Suffolk County decided to install the gun shot detection system after there was a series of shootings near Jack Abrams High School in Huntington Station. The gunfire involved was thought to have emanated from individuals who were members of the Latin Kings gang. The shootings in July of 2010 resulted in a sixteen-year-old being wounded. It forced the closing of this school. It is hoped that the gun shot detection system installed in Suffolk County will reduce the number of violent crimes utilizing firearms.

Criminal Defense

criminal-150x1504 The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with a variety of criminal charges.  We  represent individuals charged with sex crimes, weapons possession, white collar crimes, as well as  all types  of violent criminal behavior. In addition, we assist our clients in driving while intoxicated cases (DWI’s),  juvenile crimes and all types of domestic violence allegations. Feel free to call us at 1-800-344- 6431; 516- 561-6645 or 718-350-2802 for a free consultation.

Killer May Inherit His Victim’s Property

handcuff1-150x150Brandon Paladino killed his mother-in-law. He was convicted of first-degree manslaughter on October 12, 2010. He is facing up to twenty-five years in prison.

His wife, Dina, recently died. She was the sole survivor of her mother, who was killed by her husband Brandon. The money that Dina was supposed to inherit from her mother would go to Dina’s next of kin, her incarcerated murderer husband, Brandon.

It seems, in this situation, that Brandon will come to benefit from his own criminal conduct. It is estimated that the mother-in-law’s estate is worth in excess of $500,000. At the time of Brandon’s conviction, there were no allegations that his wife Dina was in any way, form or matter associated with the death of her mother.

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Criminal Defense Lawyers

We represent individuals charged with or about to be charged with crimes. We assist clients that are under investigation for alleged criminal activity. Our legal representation helps our clients with both misdemeanors and felonies. We also represent clients on drug offenses cases, domestic violence situations, juvenile matters, shoplifting, burglarydriving while intoxicated and other criminal charges. We assist our clients with bail. We attend arraignments and see to it that our clients are not incarcerated during the pendency of their cases. Call us. Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431; 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

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