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An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

An ACD is Not an Admission of Guilt in New York State

 

An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, commonly referred to as an ACD, is a sentence typically offered to a defendant when the crime charged is a misdemeanor and the defendant has no prior record. In sum, the case is put on hold for a specified amount of time (generally six months) and if the defendant has stayed out of trouble throughout that time period, the charges are dismissed. Under New York State law an ACD is not considered a criminal conviction nor involves a guilty plea. 

Grisanti To Sponsor Domestic Violence Roundtable

Grisanti To Sponsor Domestic Violence Roundtable

 

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) will sponsor a New York State Senate Roundtable,”Domestic Violence: Prevention Starts With You” on Friday, April 4th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at the Walter J. Mahoney Building, 65 Court Street in Buffalo, Senate Hearing Room 6.

Unfortunately, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Surprisingly, only one in seven instances is reported.

Panelists include:

Tenth Street Gang Member Convicted under R.I.C.O.

Tenth Street Gang Member Convicted under R.I.C.O.

Buffalo, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Justin Augus, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, was sentenced to 228 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.    

Accessory After The Fact charge Levied in Bank Robbery Investigation

Accessory After The Fact charge Levied in Bank Robbery Investigation
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announces that Sheila Cassata, 48, of Buffalo, N.Y., was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with bank robbery and accessory after the fact. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $375,000 fine.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on December 27, 2013, the defendant drove Michael Mitchell (charged in separate federal complaint) to a Key Bank located at 201 Amherst Street near Military Road in Buffalo. Mitchell told Cassata that he was going to get “coin rolls.” The defendant then went to a nearby fast food restaurant and waited for Mitchell to call.

Town of Hamburg Police Ask Assistance in Identifying Individual for Questioning

Town of Hamburg Police Ask Assistance in Identifying Individual for Questioning

TOWN OF HAMBURG, NY - Town Police are asking for assitace form public to identify an indiividual pictured below.

"Police are asking for the publics assistance in identifying the pictured suspect. The suspect is wanted for questioning involving the theft of an automobile. If anyone has any information about this suspect, please contact Det. Angelo Butera at 648-5118 ext. 2520"

 

Senator Grisanti Continues Push for Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws by Urging Governor to Sign Bill Tha

Senator Grisanti Continues Push for Stronger Animal Cruelty Laws by Urging Governor to Sign Bill Tha

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I – Buffalo) today has renewed his call for a crack down on puppy mills by urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law Bill S.3753, which would allow forward-thinking local governments to regulate commercial pet breeders and pet stores.

The legislation addresses the ineffectiveness of New York’s “Pet Dealer” law, the proliferation of unregulated dog breeders in the state and the pet industry’s complicit support of inherently cruel, out-of-state puppy mills.

“New York State appears to be the only home-rule state in the country that explicitly prohibits its towns and cities from regulating commercial pet breeders and pet stores,” Grisanti said, backed by area leaders in the fight against pet abuse. ”I am calling on the Governor to pass this piece of legislation so that New York can effectively regulate puppy mills, and put an end to abusive breeding techniques.”

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

Western New York to Join the Million March Against Child Abuse

 

For the first time in American history on April 22, 2013, people in 200 cities and 45 states will join and will walk together in solidarity to raise awareness of child abuse and crimes against children at the inaugural Million March Against Child Abuse. Buffalo will be one of the participating cities.  Child advocate groups, churches, parents, teachers and many other concerned citizens from across Western New York (WNY) will take part in this national event and will converge on Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo and March to Niagara Square loudly voicing their collective outrage against child abuse along their route.