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Colorado’s “Make My Day” Law

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Woman Kills Her Boyfriend and Is Not Prosecuted Under Colorado Law

Azura Lakin has dodged a bullet and avoided prosecution for murder under Colorado’s “Make My Day Law”. Azura Lakin is 21 years of age. On October 2, 2011, she had a fight with her boyfriend. During the fight, she slashed his throat with a broken bottle. Her boyfriend Shawn Cassidy, age 23, died of his wounds.

Shawn came to her apartment one evening in a hostile, intoxicated manner. While he was there, he argued with Azura. During the argument he started to choke her. She and her sister pushed him out of the apartment. However, he was persistent and continued to pound on their door. She opened it again and he again attacked her, choking her neck. At this time, she claimed she hit him with the broken bottle, which cut his throat. The blood loss resulted in Shawn’s death.

Shawn’s Death Was Ruled a Homicide

District Attorney Larry Abramson of Larimer County found that Cassidy’s death was a homicide. Since he unlawfully entered Azura’s house, and committed a crime of assault while he was there, Azura had an expectation that he sought to cause her harm.

Under the Colorado “Make My Day Law”, citizens of Colorado have a right to self-protection at their home. Since Azura was acting in self defense, District Attorney Abramson stated “we came to the unanimous conclusion that criminal charges could not be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Cassidy’s Aunt, Colleen Countryman, stated “she was mad over a broken cell phone. So my nephew is gone because of a cell phone that was broken, it’s not right.” This is an example of street justice!

Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you have committed a crime, have been charged with a crime or have been arrested, we can represent you. The criminal lawyers of the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represent individuals charged with drug offenses, assault, battery, juvenile defenses, shoplifting,burglary, driving while intoxicated, weapons possession and sex crimes. We represent men and women charged with all types of misdemeanors and felonies throughout the Metropolitan New York area. We also can assist our clients in arranging bail. Call us for a free consultation.

Nassau County Loses Marijuana Evidence

crime-150x150Recently, Nassau County, New York lost two bags of marijuana. The bags of marijuana had been seized as evidence by police officers. Due to problems with Nassau County’s crime laboratory, the marijuana was being shipped to a laboratory in Pennsylvania for drug testing. The shipment was carried by Federal Express. Unfortunately, the marijuana never arrived in Pennsylvania. I wonder where it went?!

Nassau County Police to Transport Drugs to Pennsylvania

As a result of the lose of the marijuana shipped by Federal Express, Nassau County police will be using their own police officers to drive drug evidence to laboratories in Pennsylvania from this point forward. Thereafter, the drugs will be tested in Pennsylvania.

The round trip to Pennsylvania will take approximately eight hours. There will be extremely expensive transportation costs incurred by the citizens of Nassau County for the transporting of these drugs.

As of now, it costs Nassau County approximately $100,000 a month to ship drugs seized by police officers to Pennsylvania. It is a shame that Nassau County must send more than a million dollars a year to Pennsylvania for laboratory testing, instead of creating local jobs for qualified individuals to work in a well supervised crime laboratory.

The procedures for the transporting of drug evidence came at the recommendation of State Inspector General Ellen Biben. She is still in the process of investigating the negligence and mismanagement that caused the Nassau County Crime Lab to be closed.

Criminal Attorneys

Should you, a friend, family member or loved one be investigated or charged with a crime, it is important to retain experienced, competent legal counsel as early in the investigation and/or arrest process as possible. For more than 33 years, the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have provided criminal defense throughout the Metropolitan New York area for individuals charged with drug offenses, domestic violence, assault and battery, driving while intoxicated, juvenile defenses, shoplifting, burglary, weapons possession, sex crimes, white collar crimes, and all other types of misdemeanors and felonies. Our office is on call 24/7.

Iraq Immigrant Kills Daughter for Being too Westernized

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Faleh Hassan Almaleki was convicted of murdering his daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki. His daughter was 20 years old at the time he murdered her. He ran her over with his car because he felt she was “too westernized”. This sick philosophy was the product of his upbringing in Iran. Honor killings are still common in Arab countries. In such situations, family members kill women and girls they view as having dishonored their family. He was tried in a court house in Maricopa County, Arizona and convicted for this heinous crime.

Falen Hassen Almaleki is an Iraqi immigrant. He immigrated to the United States in the mid 1990’s. He had grown concerned that his daughter, Noor, had abandoned traditional Iraqi values, so Faleh decided to deal with the problem. He went into his Jeep, he put his foot down on the gas petal and intentionally struck his daughter while driving fast. After he hit his daughter, he went to Mexico. He eventually found his way to Mexico City. In Mexico City, he took an airplane to Great Britain. He was stopped at the airport by British authorities and then extradited back to the United States. Are these the people we have been shedding our blood for in Iraq? What kind of father murders his own daughter?

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Long Island Criminal Lawyers

Our law office has extensive experience in representing individuals charged with crimes throughout the Metropolitan New York area. We represent individuals charged with white collar crimes, sex crimes,weapons possession, drunk driving (DWI), shoplifting, burglary, juvenile defense, assault and battery,domestic violence, drug offenses and all types of felonies and misdemeanors. If you are charged with a crime, call us for a free consultation.

Sentencing of New Jersey Schoolyard Killer

jailBars-150x150It was a summer night in 2007. Lofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey were in a schoolyard in Newark. Lofemi was twenty years old and Dashon was eighteen years old. There was another victim in this case who survived and testified at trial regarding the case. She was sexually assaulted, slashed with a machete and shot in the head.

Playing in a Schoolyard

The boys and their friends were playing in the schoolyard when they were approached by five young men. Melvin Jovel was one of the five young men. Melvin, who was twenty-one at the time, and his five friends lined Lofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey against a wall. He then shot each of them in the back of their head killing them.

Jovel, an illegal Honduran immigrant, was involved with the MS-13 street gang. The killing of the boys in the schoolyard was part of an initiation ritual for members of the gang. The gang members had no knowledge who their victims were.

The victims either attended Delaware State University or had planned on attending Delaware State University. They were listening to music on a summer evening of August 4, 2007, when their young lives were cut short.

At the time of the sentencing of Melvin Javel, Dashon Harvey’s father spoke. He said, “my son was a beacon of light in our society, in which beacons of light are hard to find.” He stated, “he made me proud to be his Dad in a society without a lot of fathers.”

Judge Melvin Ravin sentenced Melvin Jovel to three consecutive life sentences, plus twenty years. This totals 245 years in jail.

The sentence is too short!

About Our Firm

Our firm represents individuals in all matters of criminal law, including those charged with misdemeanors and felonies. We represent individuals alleged to have driven while intoxicated (DWI) and other vehicular crimes such as driving with a suspended license or driving without a license.

Should you be in need of a lawyer, call us. Since 1978, we have been providing high-quality professional legal services for our clients at reasonable fees. Our phone numbers are 1-800-344-6431; 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Gang Colors Not Enough To Search Car

searchA district court judge in Nassau County threw out a search of a car due to the fact that the reason the police officers gave for searching the car could not be substantiated. The occupants in the car were charged with weapons possession (which includes charges for violent crimes, both felonies and misdemeanors)

At the time, the officers testified that they were patrolling “hot spots” which were known for narcotic sales and gang activity. While on this patrol, they noticed four males walking down the street. The officers though the males clothing represented gang colors. The four males went into a car.

The officers approached the car and shined their flashlights into the passenger compartment. One of the officers observed what he says was “the butt end of a knife”. The officers proceeded to have the men leave the vehicle and thereafter the vehicle was searched. The search turned up a gravity knife (similar to a switchblade).

The court ruled that the officers failed to state a credible objective reason for approaching the defendants. The judge found that the testimony concerning “gang colors” was not credible. The court concluded that the evidence acquired pursuant to the search should be deemed inadmissible and thrown out. The misdemeanor and felony charges against the defendants for weapons possession were dismissed.

Our law office represents individuals charged with drug offenses, assault and battery, shoplifting, burglary, DWI and domestic violence. Call us if you have a criminal problem at 1-800-344-6431, or by email.

The Cost of Incarceration: Missouri Tells Judges the Price of Sentencing an Individual to Prison

prison-150x150Crime is expensive. The cost of incarcerating individuals is an expense born by society at large. The State of Missouri is advising judges as to the cost of the prison sentences that they hand out.

In Missouri, when a judge is ready to send someone to jail on a criminal charge, he or she now must take into consideration the resulting cost to the State of Missouri. Incarcerating individuals is an expensive proposition. Missouri is now the only state in the country that systematically provides information to all judges with regard to the cost of sentencing the defendants who appear before them to prison time.

Critics of the Missouri system feel that this is an embarrassment for the state. They claim the cost of punishing individuals who have been convicted of crimes should not be a factor taken into consideration by the court. They claim society would be at greater risk if the criminals are not incarcerated and that administering justice is a separate issue from the resulting financial impact on society.

Criminal Justice Is Expensive

America is currently engulfed in an economic crisis. Budgets for court systems have been cut. Politicians are faced with the task of keeping their citizens safe while making the legal system operate smoothly, efficiently and as inexpensively as possible.

The State of Michigan has closed some of its prisons. Arizona is currently considering privatizing its correctional facilities. California, a state in dire financial straights, is investigating all types of ways to reduce the amount of individuals incarcerated within its borders.

The Criminal Justice System In New York

At the present time, the state of New York has significant financial problems. Each year the legislature fails to pass a budget on a timely basis. Governor Patterson threatened to lay off workers because the state cannot afford to pay them.

Query: Should judges handing out criminal sentences for individuals convicted of misdemeanors and felonies take in consideration the cost to New York State for keeping those individuals in jail? Should individuals convicted of nonviolent crimes receive alternative sentences to incarceration?

I personally see no harm in providing a judge with the actual cost of sentencing an individual who appears before him or her. I believe Missouri’s system of providing judges with the cost of the jail terms they hand out to be a good idea. Incarceration of nonviolent offenders for small, petty crimes is a waste of valuable (and extremely limited) resources!

Trimming Down Miranda Rights

miranda-150x147The United States Supreme Court has recently taken action to restrict the now famous “miranda criminal warnings“. The Supreme Court rulings will have a significant impact on police procedures since police will be given more lee-way in the questioning of suspects.

Police Questioning:

The Miranda warnings are as follows:

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”

While the Miranda warnings have not been eliminated, the Supreme Court has greatly reduced the Miranda rights over the cours of the past year.

Under the court’s ruling, if you ask to have an attorney present during questioning, this request is only valid for 14 days (two weeks). After that time period, police can question you without violating your constitutional rights.

Furthermore, the court’s ruling also requires that suspects must verbally tell the police if they are going to remain quiet (if they are going to invoke their “right to remain silent“) and stop interrogation.

If you are a criminal suspect and you are arrested today, you must say to the officer, “I wish to remain silent”. If the suspect does not advise police that he or she wishes to remain silent, the police may now consider this to be a waiver of his or her Miranda rights. Legal experts feel that the court’s rulings will make it easier for police to get confessions from individuals who do not want to confess.

Should you be arrested, charged with a crime, or be the subject of a criminal investigation, it is important that you contact experienced aggressive criminal attorneys. Feel free to call the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo at 1-800-344-6431, or by email.

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