Facing drug possession charges can be a daunting experience, leaving you with numerous questions about potential legal consequences. New York has stringent drug possession laws, and understanding them is vital for anyone who may find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
NYPD Refusing to Enforce Quality-Of-Life Crimes
Over the past several weeks, as a result of the growing tension between the NYPD and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, members of the NYPD have refused to enforce “quality-of-life” crimes, including loitering, public urination, solicitation, and subway-fare jumping. With the NYPD ignoring the Broken Windows campaign, the number of arrests has dropped dramatically, and with it, the amount of revenue that is usually generated by the imposition of fines and surcharges in the courts.
Although, perhaps the opposite should be true, if the police are not spending their time with the small quality-of-life offenses, then we may not need as many police officers or the ones we have don’t need overtime. As a system, the cost (in man-hours, legal services, and incarceration) of all of the quality-of-life offenses, which are more likely to be committed by individuals that are appointed an attorney, is probably higher than the income generated from the fines and surcharges imposed by the courts.
So ultimately, the City might save money by not arresting low-level offenders, if it reduces the amount of money necessary to pay to the services required when an individual is arrested.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 17 traffic fatalities for every 100,000 licensed drivers and 1,000 injured persons for every 100,000 licensed drivers in any given area on an annual basis.
As humans, we’re all prone to mistakes, and in most cases, we don’t deserve to be punished for the rest of our lives because of them.