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Nassau County Teenager Court

criminal defense attorneysNassau County, Long Island, now has a new pilot program designed to help 16 and 17 year olds charged with a crime avoid going to jail. Nassau County is one of nine counties throughout New York State to have a specific court designed to hear cases involving 16 and 17 year olds who previously have been treated as adults subject to criminal prosecution in the criminal courts in New York.

Jonathan Lipman, the Chief Judge in the State of New York, brought about this initiative because he feels teenagers charged with certain crimes should not be charged as adults within the criminal justice system in the State of New York.

Criminal Prosecution of Minors In New York

New York is the only state in the country that currently prosecutes non-violent 16 and 17 year old as adults within its criminal justice system. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently made the following statement with regard to this pilot court program “we’re prepared to show the rest of the state that this approach is the best way to rehabilitate young offenders, save tax payer money and protect the public.”

How This New Program Works

Sixteen and seventeen year olds who are charged with non-violent criminal offenses are initially screened by case workers from the Nassau County Department of Probation. If they are found to be at low risk of committing crimes in the future their case can be dismissed. If they are found to be high risk of committing crimes in the future, they are put through an extensive screening process and both the lawyers and the judge look for a solution that will solve the teenagers underlying problems and protect the public. The purpose of the teenager court is to find an alternative to sentencing teenagers to jail. Teenagers convicted as adults in the criminal courts receive permanent criminal records which can affect the rest of their lives.

Teenager Recidivism

A statistical analysis of the records of teenage boys and girls who have an initial contact with the criminal justice system finds that more than 80% of them will be rearrested by the time they are 28 years old. It is hoped teenagers who make bad judgment calls will be given the opportunity to have a second chance, a clean record and be able to get out of the criminal justice system.

Juvenile Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyers In New York

Juveniles charged with crimes in New York can be prosecuted in either Family Court, Criminal Court or now the Teenager Special Court. The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo and their dedicated attorneys, for more than 30 years, have represented men and women charged with large varieties of criminal offenses. Our office has extensive experience representing individuals charged with computer and internet crimes, traffic tickets, white collar crimes, sex crimes, weapons possession, driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), shoplifting, burglary, assault and battery, domestic violence, drug offenses and other misdemeanors and felonies. Contact us for a free consultation.criminal court assistance

Nassau County’s Continuing Crime Lab Problems

crime1-150x150 The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that laboratory technicians  will have to testify regarding lab tests for such tests to be accepted into  evidence. This will create significant problems for the Nassau County  District Attorney’s Office.

Nassau County Crime Lab Closed Since February

In February of 2011, the Nassau County Crime Lab was closed. This action was taken after the crime lab lost it’s certification for drug testing. Nassau County is now in the process of re-testing thousands of samples taken regarding drug cases. All of the testing is currently being undertaken by a crime laboratory located in Pennsylvania. It is estimated that this is costing Nassau County in excess of $100,000 per month.

Presenting Laboratory Evidence

The Supreme Court decision will require Nassau County to bring the crime laboratory technicians from Pennsylvania to testify with regard to the tests they conducted concerning evidence obtained by police in drug related cases. The United States Supreme Court case requires the actual lab technician who conducted the test to testify on the procedures utilized in the analysis of the drug material. The court ruling does not allow for supervisors or other employees to testify instead of the technician that conducted the tests.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal defense lawyers throughout the country have taken the position that this removes the unfairness from the submission of laboratory tests by prosecutors without calling the lab technicians to testify regarding their procedures. This gives criminal defense lawyers an opportunity to cross examine the laboratory employees with regard to how they handle the evidence sample and the tests and procedures undertaken by them.

Long Island and New York City Criminal Defense

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with crimes or who are being investigated for crimes. We are experienced in representing individuals charged with computer and internet crimesviolent crimes, white collar crimessex crimes, weapons possession, driving while intoxicated (DWI)shopliftingburglaryjuvenile offensesassault and batterydomestic violencedrug offenses and all other types of misdemeanors and felonies. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Smoker Told to Take Doctor’s Advice or Return to Jail

court1-150x150Mrs. McCloud was released from jail three months early to have a heart transplant. She ignored the advise of her doctors to stop smoking. She now either has to stop smoking, pursuant to the order of Judge Francis D. Ricigliano, or go back to jail!

Nassau County District Judge Francis D. Ricigliano told Diane McCloud that she must stop smoking. She also must submit to drug testing and she must comply with her doctor’s requests.Ms. McCloud had been jailed after being convicted of taking $4,000 in merchandise from a Target store located in Westbury, New York. While she was incarcerated, her health went down hill. Her doctors determined she had less than six months to live. Justice Ricigliano felt sorry for Ms. McCloud and released her from jail, under the condition that she take all necessary steps suggested by her physicians to obtain a heart transplant.

Ms. McCloud’s physician, Janjay Doddamani, the chairman of the cardiology department in Nassau County University Medical Center, contacted Judge Ricigliano. He advised the Judge and the District Attorney’s office that Ms. McCloud had not been cooperating with him.

Ms. McCloud was brought back before the court. Judge Ricigliano made it clear that, unless she complied with her doctor’s requests to stop smoking, he would send her back to jail and she would not have the opportunity to receive a heart transplant. Hopefully she is complying to the Judge’s order.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo represents individuals charged with crimes or who are being investigated for crimes. We are experienced in representing individuals charged with computer and internet crimes, violent crimes, white collar crimes, sex crimes, weapons possession, driving while intoxicated (DWI), shoplifting, burglary, juvenile offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, drug offenses and all other types of misdemeanors and felonies. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Guns, Guns, Guns

NRAThe National Rifle Association takes the position that every American should have a gun. There are numerous proposed laws backed by the National Rifle Association pending in the State Legislatures. These new statutes are based on the proposition that one of the big problems we have in the United States is that there are not enough people who carry guns. State Representative Hal Wick of South Dakota submitted a bill to the State Legislature requiring every adult citizen to purchase a gun.

State Legislation Regarding Guns In Public Places

In Georgia, individuals can carry guns into bars. In Arizona, you no longer need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The State of Utah is working on establishing an official state gun. Numerous states are in the process of developing statutes that would stop college universities from barring firearms on campus.

Police Use of Guns

Bill Bratton, the former New York City Police Commissioner, stated, “police on average for every ten rounds fired, I think actually strike something once or twice and they are highly trained.” Proposals to give everyone guns will create more problems because the majority of the people who utilize guns are not as well trained as police officers. Therefore, if a gun is shot ten times, it is much more likely that innocent bystanders will be harmed instead of the individuals committing crimes. It is more likely that the well intentioned, poorly trained gun owner will shoot the victim, not the assailant.

Criminal Lawyer

Our law office represents individuals charged with the following criminal offenses: violent crimes; white collar crimes; sex crimes; weapons possession; driving while intoxicated (DWI); shoplifting; burglary; juvenile defense; assault and battery; drug offenses; domestic violence and all other types of misdemeanors and felonies. If you, a friend or loved one is either being investigated for a crime or charged with a crime, call us for a free consultation, we can help you.

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.

The Hamster Killer

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Monique Smith was recently arrested at her home in Bushwick. The arrest was conducted by law enforcement officers of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The criminal charges against Ms. Smith are that she killed the family’s hamster and threw it violently against a wall. Theresa Smith’s mother had stated she watched her daughter kill the hamster in cold blood. She stated that Theresa “took Sweetie (the hamster) out of the cage and slammed the hamster on the floor.” The impact with the floor killed the hamster.

Criminal Charge: Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

Monique was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal. This is a felony charge that carries with it a sentence of up to two years in jail. She accused her older brother of causing her to kill Sweetie. However, she did state, “if I saw a hamster in this filthy place, I’d kill it.”

The spokesperson for the ASPCA stated “their organization’s investigation was thorough and it was corroborated by eyewitnesses.” Monique’s family have changed their mind about putting her in jail for up to two years. They are no longer supporting the story of her murdering the hamster. The hamster murderer will go free! The Brooklyn District Attorneys office doesn’t have the stomach to prosecute her for this crime!

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New York Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our office represents individuals charged with various criminal offenses including, but not limited to, violent crimes, white collar crimes, sex crimes, weapons possession, drunk driving (DWI), shoplifting, burglary, juvenile defenses, assault and battery, felonies, misdemeanors, domestic violence and drug offenses. We also assist our clients with traffic tickets and arranging for bail. Call us our phones are monitored 24/7.

Anti-Semitism and Tolerance

handsIt was the 1990’s in Billings, Montana. Tammy Schnitzer and her five-year-old son, Isaac, had placed a Menorah in Isaac’s bedroom window. They were celebrating the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. Without warning, a large cinder block careened through their window. Glass was shattered throughout the room. The Menorah was destroyed! This is one of several incidents in Billings, Montana that took place in the 1990’s. There were other acts of intolerance aimed at both Jews and black Americans.

Tammy Schnitzer did not hide from these incidents. She did not let these senseless acts control her lifestyle. In Billings, Montana, the community spoke out. A newspaper in Billings published a picture of the destroyed Menorah. Ten thousand copies of this picture were displayed in homes and businesses in the city of eighty thousand. Residents also took action, standing side-by-side with an African-American church to show solidarity regarding an incident in which insidious remarks were spray-painted on the church.

In November of 2010, Tammy Schnitzer spoke at the Merrick Long Island Jewish Center. Her speech was on the Anniversary of Kristallnach. In English, this means “The Night of the Broken Glass”. On November 8th and 9th of 1938, Nazis throughout Germany killed dozens of Jews. More than two hundred synagogues were torched. Three thousand Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Jewish stores, businesses and places of worship were broken into and destroyed.

Rabbi Charles Klein of the Merrick Jewish Center also spoke on November 8th. He talked of rising intolerance in the United States; an example of which was the murder of Marcello Lucero in Patchogue. Marcello Lucero was a Ecuadorean immigrant who was murdered by white youths as part of a hate crime.

Tammy Schnitzer has been giving talks about intolerance throughout the United States. She has grown famous because of a television movie made about what happened to her and her family in Billings, Montana. Bill Clinton, when he was president, appointed Tammy Schnitzer to a hate crimes advisory committee.

Tammy said in her speech, “Hate truly was dividing my community”. Tammy says that hate cannot be eliminated, but you can create a platform to discuss it and educate people. With education and teaching tolerance, blind hate can be overcome!

Long Island and New York City Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been representing individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies for more than thirty years. We represent numerous people each year in Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases. We help reduce criminal charges and sometimes eliminate charges regarding shoplifting (petty larceny) charges and driving with a suspended driver’s license. Should you need legal assistance, please contact our office at 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.

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.

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