On behalf of Law Office Of Scott G. Cerbin, Esq., PLLC posted in violent crimes on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Police have begun upping their patrol in various parts of Manhattan over the past few days. They’ve done so to put an end to a recent uptick in robberies that have occurred in the city in the past few weeks. Many of these crimes remain unsolved at this time.

The stepped-up patrol began soon after the Dec. 12 murder of a Barnard College freshman in Morningside Park. It wasn’t long after that victim’s stabbing death that police announced that they were seeking to find out if anyone in the public had witnessed two other robberies that happened in the same park 10 days prior.

Detectives investigating these crimes determined that these offenses were all carried out similarly. This is when police set out to identify the criminal element operating in the area.

The first robbery that occurred happened near the dog park at around 4:40 p.m. A police spokesperson notes that at least one of two male suspects approached their victim and brandished a pocket knife. The individual who was accosted punched their would-be assailant and took off running to get away.

In the second instance moments later, two male suspects reportedly accosted a deliveryman and stole his scooter, phone and cash after first brandishing a knife much like a gun.

A New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson has noted that they have plans to install more lighting and to up their patrols in and around Columbia University in the Morningside Heights area of Manhattan. They hope that their increased presence will deter criminals from committing crimes and make residents feel safe once again.

The NYPD has an abundance of resources at its disposal to track down individuals who are suspected of committing crimes. They’re particularly keen on identifying and capturing those who have carried out violent criminal offenses such as battery, robbery, assault and murder.

If you’ve been charged when one of these criminal offenses, then you probably have a lot of questions about your future. An attorney can get the answers you need so that you can make the most informed decision about how to proceed in your New York case.

By : First Page Attorney | December 20, 2019 | Violent Crimes


On behalf of Law Office Of Scott G. Cerbin, Esq., PLLC posted in drug trafficking on Friday, December 6, 2019.

New York is known for being especially hard on people who are convicted of drug crimes. One such crime is being charged with operating as a major drug trafficker.

In order for someone to be found guilty of this crime, there must be certain elements proven beyond a reasonable doubt. These are:

The person must act as the head of an organization dealing at least one controlled substance where the total aggregate value of a single sale or multiple sales within 12 months or less are $75,000 or more.
A person who unlawfully and knowingly sells a narcotic once or more than once that has a total aggregate value of $75,000 or more within six months or less.
A person unlawfully and knowingly possesses at least once or more than once a narcotic with the intent to sell it with a total aggregate value of $75,000 or more within six months or less.
The charge of operating as a major trafficker in New York is a class A-1 felony. The possible penalties for a conviction for major drug traffickers include a prison sentence of not less than 15 years and up to life imprisonment. The fines assessed to a defendant found guilty of being a major drug trafficker is $100,000.

Some of the possible defense strategies to drug charges in New York include:

Infancy, which is for someone who is younger than 16 years old
Personal use possession
Lack of knowledge
Lack of intent
If you are facing charges for being a major drug trafficker, you need to learn more about your legal options as soon as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine what defense strategy is right for your case and has the greatest chance for an acquittal or mitigated penalties.

By : First Page Attorney | December 6, 2019 | Drug Trafficking


On behalf of Law Office Of Scott G. Cerbin, Esq., PLLC on Monday, December 2, 2019.

You get into a car accident. You panic. It happens so fast. Maybe there is another complication, like the fact that your license got suspended and you should never have been driving anyway. You decide to flee the scene of the crash.

This is illegal under New York law. In fact, leaving the scene of a deadly crash is a Class D felony. Leaving the scene of a crash with a serious injury is a Class E felony. You need to stay at the scene, exchange information with the other driver and talk to the authorities.

What are the penalties?

The penalties for leaving the scene of the crash do depend on the outcome. With an injury-related accident, you get a fine that runs from $1,000 to $5,000. With a fatal crash, the minimum goes up to $2,000, but the maximum fine stays at $5,000.

However, the law states that those fines are “in addition to any other penalties provided by law.” This means that things could get far more serious. Did you cause the accident? You may end up facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death. If you had nothing to do with causing the crash and you simply ran from the scene in confusion, you could still face the fines alone, but your role determines what the penalties look like.

Why do people flee the scene?

You know that fleeing the scene of any crash is illegal. You know it’s not a good idea and it is only going to make things worse. Why did you do it?

One reason is simple: You panicked. You stopped thinking rationally. You made poor decisions.

To some degree, that’s not your fault. It’s just the way your brain is wired. Scientists have discovered that “anxiety disengages brain cells” and hampers your ability to make good choices. You literally cannot think as well when facing severe stress. Your brain is not working at its full capacity.

This is why people often express regret or even confusion after the fact. Someone may ask you why you did it, and you may say that you have no idea. You cannot comprehend the reason yourself. In retrospect, you wish you had not run, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.

Your legal options

You may know that the blame for your actions lies in brain functionality and the deactivation of brain cells, but the authorities still blame you for your part in the crash. You could find yourself facing serious charges, and you need to know what legal defense options you have.

By : First Page Attorney | December 2, 2019 | Uncategorized

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