Alleged Criminals and Curfews

Curfews have been around as long as anyone can remember. Young people dread them and, if imposed on adults, they are viewed as an impingement on freedom. In some situations, they only affect a small portion of the population, such as a driving curfew for individuals who have had their license for less than a year. In other situations, they are imposed by the government to facilitate keeping tabs on everyone. Despite many of the negative associations with curfews, though, in many cases in the intent behind the restriction is public safety.

In New York, the curfews that have always been present are now being enforced to a much greater degree. Manhattan's district attorney's office has found that curfews may be the key to keeping dangerous men off of the streets. Curfews are becoming more prevalent in bail packages and plea deals and now their enforcement is becoming prevalent as well. By teaming up with the New York police department, officials have found curfews much easier to enforce. The head of the DA's Crime Strategies Unit is now communicating with police units about who should and who should not be one the streets. If a defendant is given a curfew, their name is given to NYPD's North or South borough commands.

The new plan of attack has already had successful results. Local officers will either knock on the door of the offenders or keep an eye out for them while patrolling the streets. As an example, an 18-year-old offender who had originally been arrested for drug possession was given a 7 p.m. curfew. Two weeks after the boy was released, officers saw him on the streets around 10 o'clock at night and detained him. Upon investigation, the cops found him in possession of a gun. Another man was given a 9 p.m. curfew after he had been arrested for dealing angel dust in the middle of the night. A month after his release, the police detectives knocked on his door. When it was discovered he was not there, he was found and sent back to jail.

Coordinating with the NYPD over curfews has been the key for prosecutors to keep dangerous men off of the streets. Keeping criminal offenders off of the streets is an important component of protecting overall public safety. Not all individuals accused of a crime, though, are guilty. Sometimes people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you have been wrongly accused of a crime and are unsure of how to defend yourself, the best decision you can make is to hire an attorney who will properly represent you. Curfews can be difficult to deal with but a solid defense may help to reduce or eliminate the charges against you. Work with Musa-Obregon & Associates to make sure you receive the fair trial you deserve.

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