Corruption in New York Law Enforcement – Bad Cops

This blog has talked about corruption within the ranks of law enforcement in the state. By and large, New York’s finest does live up to its name – but there are serious patterns across the state that warrant concern – particularly for potential defendants and their lawyers.

 

A teen who was pimped out by an NYPD detective recently was awarded $1.25 million for her horrible experience. Detective Wayne Taylor, the detective in question, had a long line of complaints about his behavior as an undercover officer and detective. Among the complaints are an abuse of authority and having sex with prostitutes.

 

According to the lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn, the child – 13 at the time, and known only as H.H., came into contact with Taylor. She was a ballet dancer and was invited to dance a party for money, from a woman who claimed to be Taylor’s wife. She showed up to the party, where she was ‘sold’ for $500.00. When H.H. balked, she alleged that Taylor said he was a detective, and if she did not follow his orders, he would throw her in the street and arrest her for prostitution.

 

He forced her into prostitution and eventually passed her on to another pimp. Prior to this incident, the evidence revealed that Taylor had been the subject of 25 complaints. Three had been cleared, but the remainder were pending. Taylor pleaded guilty, but the Judge in the matter believed that had the NYPD adequately investigated and disciplined Taylor for his bad conduct, he would not have felt that he could have prostituted H.H.

 

In other disturbing news, another NYPD cop has been caught sending sexually inappropriate texts to a 16-year old. He also worked as a girls’ volleyball coach through the “Cops and Kids” program of the Police Athletic League. Andre Patnett accepted an unspecified penalty instead of a department trial, being allowed to keep his shield. However, he could still be terminated.

 

Another police officer of the NYPD, Reynaldo Lopez, has been arrested after he tried to bring 3 kilograms of heroin into the city – a small part of a massive scheme involving credit card fraud and counterfeit cash. Lopez had been caught after another undercover officer handed off the drugs during a meetup in New Jersey. According to court records, he was also seen carrying his own personal handgun during the drug deal. He became a target after the NYPD and FBI had carried out a sting investigating a counterfeit credit card ring earlier in the year. Lopez is accused of receiving stolen credit card information and accepting stolen identities from another undercover officer. He used these fraudulent credit cards to spend over $13,000.00 at various luxury retail stores around New York and New Jersey. Possession of narcotics over 1 kilogram carries with it a maximum life sentence.

 

After internal disciplinary reports of the NYPD were released to the public, it is clear that there is a rash of cover-ups and corruption occurring in the department. The NYPD allowed over 300 cops accused of significant and serious misconduct (beating civilians, perjury, selling drugs, etc.) to stay on the force. Prosecutors are implicated, with many of them dropping cases concerning bad police conduct, meaning they could not be held accountable to the public. Perhaps the City should look to the strides Philadelphia has made. Prosecutors have publicly released a list of officers they could not have as witnesses based on their past serious misconduct. This would be a start in increasing transparency and accountability of the NYPD.

White Collar Crimes

White-collar crimes are fraud, bankruptcy fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer crime, medical crime, public corruption, identity theft, environmental crime, pension fund crime, RICO crimes, consumer fraud, occupational crime, securities fraud, financial fraud, and forgery.  White collar crimes are generally non-violent in nature and are commonly committed by individuals without a criminal history.  White collar crimes are all financially motivated and as a result, often take place in a business or corporate context.  Due to the large amount of money at stake in white collar crimes, many of these charges can result in heavy fines and long prison sentences.

For individuals facing a grand jury, agency and corporate investigations, as well as possible prosecution, The Blanch Law Firm is experienced in the inner workings and organization of Federal and New York law enforcement agencies.  As trial lawyers we are particularly skilled in handling high profile and highly publicized matters for well-known individuals conducted by the Department of Justice and the local U.S. Attorney’s offices, the IRS, the FBI, the SEC, the EPA, the Department of HHS, and the Commodities Futures Trading commission.

The Blanch Law Firm concentrates much of its practice on defending white collar crimes of all types.  So, if you have been charged with a white collar crime, contact the Blanch Law Firm immediately at 646-797-4790.

Sex Crimes

Crimes such as rape, indecent exposure and sexual assault are a difficult area of the law. Virtually any person can claim that you have committed a sexual offense against them, and the police will automatically believe the accuser. Our extremely skilled attorneys know the law and are willing to aggressively advocate for our clients. We have successfully defended clients, and for many, we have been able to reduce, dismiss, and alter the charges levied against them, avoiding trial altogether. The Blanch Law Firm is familiar with a variety of sexual allegations, and has the experience in defending people charged with sex crimes such as:

■Indecent exposure
■Child molestation
■Obscenity
■Sex with a minor
■Possession of unlawful and/or child pornography
■Rape
■Date rape
■Statutory rape
■Spousal rape
■Lewd or Lascivious Conduct
■Sex Offender Registration
■Sexual assault or abuse
■Sexual battery

Punishments for sex-related crimes have increased significantly over the years. Long prison sentences and life-long sex registration requirements are just some of the consequences of being convicted of a sex crime in New York. If you been accused of a sex crime and need knowledgeable representation, call the Blanch Law Firm at 646-797-4790.

Homicide

Homicide is one of the most serious and violent crimes one can be accused of in New York. Depending upon the circumstances of the act and its severity, a homicide can be charged as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, attempted murder or another offense.

New York Homicide Penalties

Penalties for homicide in New York are severe. Conviction of either murder in the first or second degree carry with them mandatory life sentences (with requisite parole possibilities). The death penalty can also be sought for homicide defendants in the State of New York.

New York Homicide Law

Homicide is the killing of one person by another. As common law, homicide is classified in three ways:

  • Justifiable homicide, which is commanded or authorized by law, such as the act of a police officer killing an armed suspect who is shooting at him;
  • Excusable homicide, for which there is a legal defense, such as the act of a person shooting an armed intruder in his own home, and;
  • Criminal homicide occurs when the perpetrator intentionally kills someone without legal justification, or accidentally kills someone as a consequence of reckless or grossly negligent conduct.

Serious New York Homicide Defense

Defense attorneys at The Blanch Law Firm have a strong and renowned track record for their defense of those facing homicide charges. Most famous among these results was the ‘Cop-shooter’, who was ruled insane on counts of attempted murder with representation by the attorneys of The Blanch Law Firm in 2007.

We’re excited to announce the addition to our felony defense team of Edward J. McQuat, Senior Trial Attorney & Former Chief of Narcotics Bureau in Syracuse, NY. Mr. McQuat is a solid addition to our team; he has won over 90% of his major felony trials.

We Can Help

People accused of homicide have the same rights as any other criminal defendant. At The Blanch Law Firm our attorneys are experience and have intimate knowledge of the criminal justice system. We have a proven, impressive track record of success.

Not all homicides are crimes, particularly when there is a lack of criminal intent. Non-criminal homicides include such things as killing in self-defense, hunting accidents, or a car accident where someone is killed, but there was no violation of the law, such as reckless driving or DUI.

Many times, arguing self-defense, insanity, or other affirmative defenses that may result in an acquittal can defend manslaughter or murder charges. As experienced homicide lawyers, we can provide you with the criminal defense you need to protect your freedom.

If you have been charged with murder, you need an experienced, knowledgeable and reliable defense – and you need it now.

Call the Blanch Law Firm at 646-797-4790.

Domestic Violence

It is a common misconception that if the alleged victim in a domestic violenceor spousal abuse case asks that the charges be dropped, the case will be dismissed. Once the police arrive at a domestic violence or spousal abuse call, it is no longer up to the parties whether there will be an arrest. Once the prosecutor has decided to file charges after an arrest for domestic violence or spousal abuse, there are a myriad of conditions of probation that can ruin your life.

The Blanch Law Firm will aggressively protect the rights and freedom of our clients who have been accused of domestic abuse or domestic violence. We know the domestic violence laws, the prosecutor’s strategies, and the best ways to prevent a domestic violence or abuse case from getting to the trial stage.  Domestic violence and domestic abuse crimes can include the following:
■Assault and Battery
■Criminal Trespass
■Harassment
■Reckless Endangerment
■Restraining Order Violations
■Sexual Assault
■Spousal
■Rape
■Stalking
■Kidnapping
■False Imprisonment

If you have been accused of domestic violence or domestic abuse, please contact the Blanch Law Firm at 646-797-4790.

Robbery

Robbery is the act of depriving someone of their personal property while in their presence through the use of force or fear. The property can either be taken from the person or from their immediate surroundings. If a deadly weapon such as a gun is used or the victim suffers physical harm, the act can be classified as “armed” or “aggravated” and the severity of the punishment can be increased.

Robbery is defined in the NY Penal Code section 160.  As opposed to Larceny, the victim of robbery must be aware of the theft as it is taking place.  This is usually accomplished through some form of physical intimidation.  Furthermore, as opposed to the charge of burglary, robbery does not require the element of trespassing onto real property such as a house or office building.  Within the crime of robbery there are three different degrees that are charged based upon the severity of the robbery.  The most sever of these charges, first degree robbery can lead to as much as 25 years imprisonment.

The Blanch Law Firm is knowledgeable and skilled in the laws regarding robbery and burglaries. We recognize the importance of communicating with any client and making sure they understand what is happening at every stage of the case. While representing a client who has been charged with theft, we can help by immediately beginning to prepare the case. This early preparation stage involves gathering all the helpful facts to the case, legal research and identifying what defense will be used. In addition, our attorneys are familiar with reducing or eliminating any bail that might be set.

If you have been charged with robbery, contact the Blanch Law Firm immediately at 646-797-4790.

Larceny

Larceny is wrongfully taking or withholding another’s property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that property. As opposed to the more general term theft, larceny most involve personal property as opposed to more intangible property such as intellectual property.  The crime of larceny is defined in the NY Penal code section 155.

Larceny can be either a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of what was stolen.  In general, Grand Larceny is a felony while Petit Larceny is a misdemeanor.  Grand Larceny can be charged when the value of the property stolen is $1,000 or more.  In contrast, Petit Larceny is charged when the value is less than $1,000.  Even within the categories of Grand Larceny, there are different charges or degrees that vary with the value of the stolen property.  These different degrees have corresponding sentencing guidelines.  In any case, all charges of Grand Larceny are punishable by at least 6 months in prison.

Whether your charge is grand larceny or petty larceny, the experienced attorneys of The Blanch Law Firm can help.  If you have been charged with larceny, contact the Blanch Law Firm immediately at 646-797-4790.

Drug Offenses

Drug charges cover a broad range of offenses, from the less severe, like simple possession of a small amount of certain drugs, to the more serious, such as participation in an ongoing drug-related criminal enterprise or manufacturing and distributing drugs. Even minor charges can be terrifying, and carry the risk of serious penalties upon conviction; the more serious charges, of course, can give rise to even greater consequences.

At The Blanch Law Firm, we defend individuals that accused of drug offenses of all kinds involving all types of banned substances.  We defend those accused of:

■Possession
■Distribution
■Manufacturing
■Trafficking

The State of New York has an especially strict penal code for the prosecution of drug-related offenses. Under the Rockefeller Drug Laws, those accused of possession of four ounces of more can be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison up to a maximum of 25 years or even life in certain circumstances.  The Rockefellers laws have similarly harsh penalties for distribution or sale of narcotics.  This is why, if you find yourself facing drug-related charges in New York, you need skilled, experienced legal representation with expertise in drug crimes. If you have been arrested for a drug charge, contact the Blanch Law Firm at 646-797-4790.

Gun Charges

If you have been arrested for or accused of a weapons charge in New York, you should contact the Blanch Law Firm. We are a successful and experienced criminal defense firm and have defended clients charged with various weapons charges. If you are facing gun crime charges you are in need of skilled legal advice provided by an experienced defense attorney at the Blanch Law Firm.There are many State and Federal gun laws which apply in the State of New York, and if any person violates these laws they will face serious charges which may include monetary fines, misdemeanor charges, felony charges, and a term in jail or prison. Listed below are just a few weapons related crimes which may result in harsh punishments:

■Possession of a concealed weapon
■Unlawful sales of firearms
■Possession of assault weapons
■Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
■Possession of a loaded firearm
■Unlawful discharge of a firearm

If you have been arrested for or accused of a weapons charge, call the Blanch Law Office at 646-797-4790.