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Juvenile offenders in our country have had their own criminal justice system for more than 100 years. Since that time, 18 years of age has been the threshold for moving a person from that system to the adult system. Of course, we read of unique circumstances in which a child under age 18 is tried as an adult, but 18 ...

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Melanson Law Office P.C. KINGSTON NY

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, somewhere in the ballpark of 1% of the population. The number of Americans in prison has also grown enormously over the past several decades from roughly 500,000 in the 1970’s to almost 2.5 million today. The costs to deal with this large prison population are staggering and approach $100 ...

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Melanson Law Office P.C. KINGSTON NY

Fake IDs can seem attractive to some students heading back to college. The short term desire to purchase alcoholic drinks for a weekend party prior to the legal age may be tempting. However, there are very real risks associated with acquiring and using a fake ID; not just in being caught by authorities using it, but also in having your ...

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Melanson Law Office P.C. KINGSTON NY

The number seems high, but up to 1 in 3 American adults may have a criminal history. However, like with many statistics, the real information is in the details…what categories have to be included in ‘criminal history’ to come up with that statistic?

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Melanson Law Office P.C. KINGSTON NY

In a world of online shopping and packages mailed right to your door there is a new trend emerging…illegal drugs mailed directly to your home even though they aren’t actually yours.

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Melanson Law Office P.C. KINGSTON NY

New York State has transitioned away from a previous program called IMPACT to the GIVE program – Gun Involved Violence Elimination. This program focuses on the 17 counties and 20 police jurisdictions serving those counties that account for 86 percent of the violent crime in the state, not counting New York City.

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