Kidnapping (NYPL 135.20)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Kidnapping is one of the most serious crimes in New York’s criminal code.  While on television crime dramas kidnapping cases often involving a stranger being kidnapped in an effort to get money, in reality the victims of kidnapping are commonly family members and acquaintances.   Regardless of who the victim is, kidnapping is considered one of … Continue reading »Kidnapping (NYPL 135.20)

Child Abuse (NYPL 120.02)

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are several different offenses in New York’s criminal code drafted to punish those who abuse children.  Such crimes include reckless assault of a child, aggravated assaulted upon a person less than eleven, and reckless assault of a child by a child day care provider.  In addition, if you do not take measures to prevent … Continue reading »Child Abuse (NYPL 120.02)

Bigamy (NYPL 255.15)

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you want to apply for a marriage license, you have to get the dissolution or annulment of all previous marriages. If one spouse intentionally fails to do this, it results in the crime of bigamy. Bigamy, from french bigamie, from Latin bis, twice, and Greek gamos, marriage is a formal entering into of a marriage while a … Continue reading »Bigamy (NYPL 255.15)

Forcible Touching (NYPL 130.52)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Criminal sexual act is the New York term for forced oral or anal contact what used to be known as forced sodomy or deviate sexual intercourse. A relatively recent statute, criminalizing “forcible touching”, was added after high-profile incidents at the Puerto Rico Day Parade in which women were allegedly forcibly touched in a degrading manner. … Continue reading »Forcible Touching (NYPL 130.52)