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New York statutory law requires that certain crimes be convicted only if there is corroboration that the event took place. If there is no corroboration, then the defendant cannot be found guilty. However, the statutory law does not include this requirement for corroboration if the crime that has been committed is a misdemeanor. In 2011, a defendant challenged his conviction on misdemeanor driving while under the influence, because he claims that the admission of the evidence does not provide corroboration of the crime by the admission of additional evidence.

The prosecution claims that on the night that he was arrested, he was not guilty of any illegal action. A New York Drug Possession Lawyer said he contends that an officer approached him while he was standing next to a car. He was not physically in control of the vehicle at the time that he was approached. The police officer contends that he observed an obviously intoxicated man standing next to a vehicle. He stated that the defendant had watery eyes, slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on or about his clothing. He asked the defendant if he had been driving the vehicle and the defendant told the officer that he had. The officer arrested him for driving while under the influence of alcohol and transported him to the location of the intoximeter breathalyzer machine. The defendant was requested to blow his breath into the machine. The machine reported that the defendant had a blood alcohol content of .141 which is considered to be over the legal limit.

The defendant stated that because there was no corroborating evidence that he had been driving the car except for his confession, that the confession is not valid. The Supreme Court evaluated the problem. They observed that although the legislature intentionally put a statement into action in regards to felony confessions, they did not list a corroborating evidence clause in misdemeanor cases. A New York Drug Crime Lawyer said the court is certain that the absence of this corroborating evidence clause was not merely an oversight. Since, the legislature saw fit to include the corroborating evidence clause in the felony statute, it stands to reason that the failure to include this clause in the misdemeanor segment of the statute is clearly the intent of the statute. If the legislature had intended that corroborating evidence is necessary if a defendant confesses to a misdemeanor offense, they would have specifically spelled out that qualification in the law. A Suffolk Drug Possession Lawyer said because it is not spelled out in the law, the court does not find that it would be appropriate to assume an intent that has not been demonstrated.

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Acting on a tip, officers from the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) raided a home near Lexington, SC, led to the arrests of two men and two women, sources revealed to a reporter.

A Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said that NET officers had received a tip that the four persons were manufacturing meth at a clandestine meth lab in the home of one of those arrested. Officers from the multi-agency cooperative effort executed a search warrant just after 2:00pm Friday and found that meth was being manufactured in the master bedroom. Officers said that a small amount of marijuana was also located inside the home.

Local firefighters from the Lexington County Fire Service were on the scene and assisted the officers to dismantle the meth lab and to assist with the disposal of any chemicals and other hazardous substances that were associated with the meth lab.

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It was all about a heroin addiction with two homeless men, Suffolk police told a source. They committed a number of burglaries to pay for their expensive habit and are charged with drug possession.

The two men, 41 and 42 years of age, were arrested by police, following a chase. The police were tipped off after a witness saw the pair breaking into a home in Dix Hills.

Police said the two men are suspected of committing eight burglaries. Seven of them were in Dix Hills, and they attempted two others.

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A federal immigration judge denied an ex-police officer from Mexico asylum, a New York City Criminal Lawyer reported. The officer fled drug violence from Juarez, Mexico.

The ex-police officer’s case was heard late November 2010. The hearing was closed to the public at a federal immigration court in Dallas.

The 27-year-old ex-police officer said he refused to be bought off by drug cartels. His decision resulted in a gun battle in a city across from El Paso, Texas. The gunfight occurred in 2008. It is unclear if the man’s attorney will appeal the court’s decision, a reporter was told.

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has unveiled a new plan to stop heroin usage in Nassau County and Suffolk County’s younger generation. Suffolk County had over 1,000 heroin related drug charges this year and 50 heroin related overdoses. The dramatic statistics have made officials take notice. Suffolk is now forming a new heroin task force. They will be taking 31 officers from Suffolk County’s other precincts to form this squad. These officers will investigate all leads and tips that they receive. They have set up a text messaging hotline for tips to be called in anonymously. They will also going into the high schools and middle schools with social workers to talk to children about heroin. A Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer reports that officials are also trying to lobby for a new law to try to dissuade potential drug sales. They would like any vehicle used in a heroin sale to become property of the County.

The County is planning on offering free drug testing kits for parents and making guidebooks available to parents. These books will alert parents to the signs of heroin use and treatment options. They will be hosting “sober” events for recovering addicts. These events will be part of new support groups that will be formed for addicts who are looking for counseling.

Though these plans are in place, some will still be put under arrest because of heroin. If that were to happen to you or a loved one, you will need an aggressive Suffolk County Criminal Lawyer.

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