Law enforcement agencies in the United States take their duty to stamp out illegal drug use very seriously. The statutes for punishing drug offenders are often harsh, leaving many nonviolent drug offenders imprisoned for long periods of time. One of the drugs with the most severe criminal penalties is cocaine.
Cocaine is made from the paste that is created when leaves of the South American coca plant are mashed up. This paste is manufactured into a powdery form that is inhaled through the nostrils. Cocaine users report a feeling of euphoria, decreased fatigue, suppressed appetite. It is also known to increase energy and strength, but also makes the user irritable.
Cocaine is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it has at least some recognized medicinal value, but also has an extremely high potential for addiction and abuse.
In New York, possession of even a miniscule amount of cocaine is a punishable offense. Being caught in possession of less than 500mg is a Class A misdemeanor that can carry a penalty of up to a year in jail. Being caught with more of the drug leads to longer jail sentences. Possessing an eighth of an ounce of cocaine is a Class C felony that can be punished with up to 46 months imprisonment, while possession of more than eight ounces is a Class A-1 felony. The minimum sentence for this kind of possession is eight years in prison. Repeat cocaine possession offenses carry increased punishments.
Understanding drug possession laws can empower a person to fight unfair or erroneous allegations in the unfortunate event they are ever facing unjust charges.
A felon’s life after serving a prison sentence is incredibly tough. Not only will the outside world have changed over the course of the average prison sentence (four and a half years, according to the Almanac of Policy Issues), but so will the kinds of skills that are in high demand.
In years past, former inmates who wanted to better themselves were able to find work using the education and training available to them while behind bars. As more and more work transitions into skilled computer tasks, people whose computer skills are lacking have a harder time finding jobs. Unfortunately, many reformed inmates fall into this category.
Employers typically hire individuals with a clean records over a former inmates. Released prisoners also frequently have trouble getting back in touch with their families as well. When felons are met with nothing but rejection as they reintegrate into society, it can have a psychological effect that may lead to repeat offenses, since committing crimes becomes their only apparent option.
To break this cycle, there are organizations that are designed to help felons find their place in society. One such group, Exodus Transitional Community, helps hundreds of released prisoners in the New York Area every year.
OSSINING, N.Y. – People trust their health and money to many pharmaceutical companies and corporations. This is a very necessary industry, where life and survival depends on the prescription medications that doctors and pharmacists assign. They are made to effectively cure a problem, or prevent its progression. This is why when adverse side effects or progression of the disease is felt by the patient, the bulk of the blame goes to the doctors and pharmacists who have given the prescription.
Thousands of Americans suffer from the adverse side effects of many faulty pharmaceuticals. Even the widely used and common prescriptions drugs are being recalled due to their unfavorable side effects. In these cases, personal injury lawyers often advise victims to file claims against the pharmaceutical companies responsible for their injuries. Injuries resulting from faulty prescription drugs are the responsibilities of the people who manufacture the medicines.
Pharmaceutical companies are in charge of making sure their products are safe and effective. After that, it is the job of the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that what the pharmaceutical companies claim is right and if the medications are effective without any unidentified adverse side effects. If this process is not followed, faulty pharmaceutical products can cause the patient a lot of unwanted health complications.
For a product to be considered as a faulty pharmaceutical it has to be contaminated, provide unwanted effects, or otherwise does not address the underlying symptoms of the ailment. This can be a dangerous situation and a matter of life or death, as many people could develop more health risks and complications due to a faulty pharmaceutical product.
When this happens, you may only be headed for medical treatments and rehabilitation, which could put a strain on your finances. For a person already suffering from health problems, you can help get compensation by asking for legal advice and help from certified personal injury lawyers. Trying to get compensation for all the pain and suffering you’ve gone through because of dangerous products is vital, not only for you but also for preventing other people from suffering the same fate.
OSSINING, N.Y. – Arminda Couto Pinto, formerly of Ossining, died Jan. 15 at her daughter’s home in Andes, N.Y. She was 90.
Born in Portugal on Aug. 27, 1921, she was the daughter of Luiz and Maria Couto. She married Americo Pinto on April 2, 1941. Pinto was a former book processor for the Pleasantville Packing Company. Pinto was a longtime Ossining resident before moving to Andes 12 years ago.
She is survived by her daughter Maria (Gerald) Norris, her sons Fernando (Mirtha) Pinto and Jose Pinto, two brother-in-laws, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Americo on Feb. 17, 2000 and her sons Joaquin and Manuel Pinto.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Dorsey Funeral Home in Ossining. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Innocents Church in Pleasantville, followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery in Pleasantville.
Memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, N.Y. 13820.
OSSINING, N.Y. – Ossining village police said they responded to numerous minor motor vehicle accidents this week, including a roll-over on Ogden Road.
The accidents occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. Icy conditions played a large factor in the accidents.
Also in Ossining:
– Michael Martin, 22, of Iroquois Road in Ossining, was charged with criminal mischief in the third degree after allegedly kicking a door window at 7-Eleven on North Highland Avenue on Jan. 14, police said. Martin had an argument with a store clerk and kicked the door at around 3:30 a.m., police said.
– Brian Kane, 52, was charged with burglary in the second degree after allegedly stealing power tools from 20 Croton Ave. in Ossining, police said. Kane was in Westchester County Jail awaiting arraignment on Tuesday.