When someone is convicted of a violent crime, he or she faces some of the most severe punishments that the legal system can hand down. In some states, this means such a conviction could get you the death penalty. However, in New York, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, there is no death penalty.
Home robberies are a terrifying prospect to residents of New York. That’s why preventing them from occurring is so important. While not all robberies entail violence, you don’t want to risk you and your family’s lives to the whims of a dangerous criminal. Accordingly, home security company ADT offers the following advice to help keep your home safe.
At Villarini & Henry, L.L.P., we are serious about the way we protect our clients from harm. Sometimes, this entails our defending them against unconstitutional charges wrought by overzealous New York prosecutors and police forces. However, we also do our best to nullify even the threats that exist besides a criminal conviction — and before the court procedures begin.
Almost any crime in New York can be looked at as violent in some way. Even if it didn’t physically harm you, if you are crime victim, it can leave you feeling violated and unsafe. However, there are only specific offenses that are actually classified as violent crimes for legal purposes, as explained by the FBI. These crimes are the most offensive and those that cause severe physical harm to victims. Once you see what they are, it is easier to see why they are considered violent.
You may not be surprised to hear that Buffalo continues to rank among the top cities in the U.S. in the number of violent crimes committed each year. In 2016, the city came in 15 on that list, according to Buffalo Business First. There were 2,887 violent crimes that year, including 41 murders and manslaughters, 1,033 robberies, 1,640 aggravated assaults and 173 rapes.
In New York and throughout the United States, victims of crimes are often asked to choose their attacker out of a physical or photograph lineup. Although this method of perpetrator identification is still widely used in the U.S., flaws in the procedure can lead to wrongful conviction of an innocent person. According to the Innocence Project, 354 people have been exonerated from their criminal sentences after DNA evidence proved they were innocent of committing a crime. At least 70 percent of those cases involved eyewitness misidentification. Why are innocent people being picked out of eyewitness lineups on such a regular basis?
If you face murder charges in New York, this is very serious indeed. Even though New York abolished the death penalty for murder and all other crimes, you could face life imprisonment if you are convicted of murder.