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DNA Evidence

DNA-150x150Curtis Goodman was charged on September 4th, 2009, with a burglary. The criminal charges against him state that he burglarized a Brooklyn Heights movie theater. A screwdriver with DNA evidence was found near the cash box in the movie theater.This was the only evidence connecting Curtis Goodman to the felony. The burglary took place when the movie theater was closed. The indictment of Mr. Goodman was supported solely by the DNA evidence. Mr. Goodman’s attorney moved to dismiss the indictment on the grounds that the DNA evidence alone was insufficient to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Judge Dewyer, the judge handling the case, denied the motion.

The case never went to trial. Mr. Goodman plead guilty to a class “A” misdemeanor pursuant to a plea bargain arrangement. He received a sentence of one year in jail. It should be noted that Mr. Goodman had been convicted on four previous occasions for burglaries.

If you, a friend or a loved one is charged with a misdemeanor, felony, burglary, DWI or juvenile offense, contact the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo at 1-800-344-6431, or by email. We can help you.

Community Service For Celebrities

CommunityService.bmpDo celebrities who have committed misdemeanors and/or felonies receive special treatment? Do they receive special community service? The answer to these questions in the city of New York is that everyone does the same community service.

Caroline Giuliani

Caroline Giuliani, age 21, is the daughter of New York’s former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani. She was recently charged with shoplifting in New York City, which is a misdemeanor (under New York State law, misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in prison). Her attorneys recently worked out a plea-bargain deal on the shoplifting (petit larceny) charge. The charge will be dismissed if Caroline completes one day of community service and stays out of trouble for a period of six months.

Caroline Giuliani’s attorneys requested that she receive special treatment and that she be able to pick out her own type of community service. The court refused to allow this. She will most likely be assigned to the same community service regime that Boy George and Naomi Campbell were subject to.

Boy George and Naomi Campbell

Boy George and Naomi Campbell had been prosecuted in the city of New York for various misdemeanors (criminal matters). In each of their cases, they were ordered to perform community service. Boy George advised the court that he would throw a concert in the city of New York and donate all of the proceeds from the concert to the city as his community service. The court said no! Instead, Boy George put on gloves, a face mask, a neon vest and work boots and spent several hours sweeping and cleaning up the corners of the New York City Sanitation Department garage in Manhattan.

Naomi Campbell had some negative interaction with the criminal justice system in March of 2007. She was convicted of throwing her cell phone (a misdemeanor) at her housekeeper and was sentenced to community service.

Naomi showed up to work wearing stiletto boots. The former model changed into work boots, a neon vest and a face mask. She too cleaned and scrubbed the New York City Department of Sanitation garage.

Community Service

Criminal defense counsel in the City of New York, Long Island and Westchester county can work out community service alternatives to criminal sentences. Community service avoids jail time and probation.

Should you, a loved one or a friend be charged with a criminal matter, feel free to contact the criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo. We can help protect your rights and, in the event that you are convicted of a crime, try to work out a community service alternative to incarceration. Please contact us at 1-800-344-6431, or by email.

New York Criminal Charges – Questions and Answers Part 1

marijuana drugs dope arrest confiscated pot What type of drug cases do you handle?

Our offices handles every type of drug case, from relatively minor prosecutions for possession of marijuana, to defending those who are charged will selling “hard drugs.” There is a big difference between the kind of sentences imposed for what are called hard drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, and soft drugs such as marijuana. While selling marijuana is prosecuted relatively tepidly in New York, Brooklyn and Queens courts, in Nassau and Suffolk County counties, they generally prosecute even marijuana possession quite aggressively.

We represent people who are charged with the possession and/or sale of cocaine and heroin, which used to be subject to very severe penalties under the “Rockefeller Drug Laws,” which were in effect in New York for decades. Recent changes in the law have significantly reduced these penalties .

The unauthorized possession or sale of prescription bills can also subject a person to serious criminal charges. Some of these pharmaceuticals are manufactured in illegal laboratories.

What are some of the pills that you’ve seen?

We have defended clients who were charged with illegally obtaining such drugs as Vicodin, Oxycontin and Percocet.

How are the crimes of sale and possession defined in New York?

Possession is not penalized as severely as crimes relating to the sale of illegal narcotics. It is possible to inadvertently commit the crime of selling drugs by buying some drugs and then giving or selling a small amount to a friend. Although the person may not intend to become a “drug dealer,” he is inadvertently committing a much more serious offense than merely possessing drugs.

The system works in the following way: If the authorities arrest you for possessing a narcotics of a certain weight, you would often want to make a plea deal with the prosecutor. It is sometimes necessary for you to cooperate with the police or the district attorney’s office by giving them information to assist in the prosecution of someone on a higher level in the drug dealing chain. This is what happens to many individuals on the lowest level of the drug dealing pyramid structure who are caught by narcotics agents, or “narcs,” as they sell drugs on the street.

As indicated earlier in this post, New York City, Brooklyn and Queens counties treat drug crimes differently than they do in Nassau and Suffolk counties. In the latter, these cases are more vigorously prosecuted in the Long Island suburbs than they are in the city.

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