U.C.

was charged with assault for punching and injuring another person and faced deportation if convicted. State prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges to a non-criminal violation with no jail time. U.C. thus avoided a criminal record, jail, and deportation.

W.Y.

was arrested for possession of a firearm after NYPD conducted a search and recovered a handgun in W.Y.’s bedroom. After prolonged litigation and DNA testing showing that W.Y’s DNA was not on the firearm, state prosecutors dismissed the felony firearms charge.

E.E.

a 15 year-old, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm stemming from a shooting in Manhattan. After negotiations, state prosecutors agreed to dismiss the attempted murder charge and permit E.E. to plead guilty to a reduced charge. E.E. eventually was sentenced to five years of probation as a youthful offender, meaning that there was no criminal conviction on E.E.’s record.

S.H.

was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, for disobeying traffic police and driving a motorcycle into the route of the Presidential motorcade near the U.N. and ramming the motorcycle into a law enforcement officer. Believing S.H. may have been a terrorist, the police tackled S.H. and arrested S.H. After negotiations, the District Attorney’s Office agreed to reduce the charges with no jail time.

B.A.

was under investigation by state authorities for potentially obstructing justice by lying to law enforcement officials during a homicide investigation. After representation, no charges were filed.