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Marijuana Possession Now Subject to Summons Rather Than Arrest

On November 10th, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that New Yorkers may no longer necessarily be arrested for low-level marijuana offenses. The city leaders stated that police are now permitted to write a summons instead.

The changes are scheduled to take effect on November 19. Individuals found to be in possession of 25 grams or less (0.88 ounce) of marijuana may be eligible to receive a summons. However, the new policy change won’t allow for public consumption of marijuana. Indeed, individuals who are caught burning and/or smoking marijuana in public will still be subject to arrest.

In addition, the summons isn’t mandatory.  Police still have the ability to make arrests, in specific circumstances for possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Mayor De Blasio and Commissioner Bratton stated that law enforcement will have the discretion to arrest an individual caught with marijuana if the person is possession of the drug near a playground or school or similar scenario. Additionally, law enforcement would still be advised to arrest someone who has an active warrant, or detain an individual being sought on probable cause in another investigation or who could not produce identification in a reasonable amount of time. (more…)

New York Marijuana Arrest Rate Higher Than Normal

A recent study conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance, reveals that New York City has, on average, arrested more people in 2014 than 2013. According to the report released on October 20, 2014, over the past six months, there have been more than 15,000 low-level arrests of those possessing less than a sandwich-size bag, or 25 grams, of marijuana, totaling upwards of over 500 more arrests than last year.

Despite numerous city officials expressing a desire to curtail these low-level drug arrests, the raw data suggests a different story. However, the mayor’s office points out that when the first two months of 2014 are factored in, low-level pot arrests are actually slightly down for the year. Critics of this position argue, however, that such a decrease can be attributed to the fact that those two months were particularly cold. Furthermore, critics note that other than those two months, data suggest an increase in such arrests.  (more…)

Car Crash Leads to Arrest for Illegal Drug Possession

On Sunday morning, August 10, 2014, two vehicles collided at about 9:47 a.m. in Queens near the Long Island Expressway.  According to reports the driver of one vehicle ran a red light and crashed into a Mercedes on the corner of Borden Ave. and Hamilton Place in Maspeth.  The incident left three men seriously injured and the driver of the Mercedes critically wounded.

According to reports, the driver of the Nissan and his two passengers, all males in their 20s, were arrested at the scene when responding police officers discovered drugs in their vehicle. Police sources said marijuana and heroin were involved.

The 35-year-old driver of the Mercedes was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and remains in serious condition. The driver of the Nissan and his passengers are expected to be charged following their release from Elmhurst Hospital. (more…)

Proposed Bill Looks to Curb Marijuana Possession Arrest

Recently, New York State legislators have proposed a bill to address the current New York State marijuana possession laws.  In an effort to curb thousands of yearly minor marijuana-related arrests, the Fairness and Equity Act aims to reduce public possession of marijuana from a misdemeanor to simple fine, hearing, and violation.

Essentially, the Fairness and Equity Act stipulates that individuals arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana would not be charged with a criminal misdemeanor. Rather, they would face merely a violation and possibly a fine similar to a traffic ticket.

As the law currently stands, when marijuana is exposed from outside of where it is stored (pocket, bag, purse, etc.) it becomes “in public view,” thus allowing police officers to make an arrest on the basis of misdemeanor criminal possession. (more…)

Children’s Bicycle Used in Attack Against NYPD Officers

A Brooklyn man was arrested early Sunday morning, July 6th 2014, and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a police officer, assault with intent of causing serious injury, and criminal possession of a weapon.

According to police, a 25-year-old NYPD police officer was seriously injured when he was struck by a children’s bike thrown from a fifth-floor window.

While police where in the course of responding to a report of gun shots fired in Crown Heights around 2 a.m., debris began raining down on them from an apartment building, hitting 4 officers in total. (more…)

Wrongfully Convicted “Central Park Five” awarded $40 Million in settlement

Five men, widely referred to as the “Central Park Five” — whose 1989 convictions in the rape and assault of a young female investment banker in Central Park — have agreed to a settlement of $40 million from New York City, bringing an end to over a decade long fight to vindicate their wrongful conviction.

The five individuals, ages 14 to 16 at the time of their arrests, claimed that they been coerced by the authorities to offer incriminating statements. However, their statements were ruled admissible and the men were convicted in 1990. The men spent a combined 41¼ years in prison. (more…)

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