Some of our readers in the New York City metro area may have heard about a recent incident that allegedly occurred in Times Square, in which reports indicate that a tourist from Missouri was hit in the shoulder by a stray bullet from a nearby shooting. Shortly after the alleged incident, a suspect was arrested and charged with a crime due to the situation.
According to reports, the male suspect is facing three different criminal charges arising from this incident. The tourist who was hit by the stray bullet indicated that he was out late on the night in question after returning to the city from a baseball game in Philadelphia. He indicated that he saw a nearby scuffle involving three men, one of whom was, allegedly, the suspect who was arrested. A shot rang out during the scuffle, hitting the tourist.
Protecting your rights in a criminal case
Anyone who is facing criminal charges in New York City needs to remember that they have rights that need to be protected as the case proceeds. An arrest is not the same as a conviction. Defendants have the right to present a defense to criminal charges. In some cases, defendants decide that the best path forward is to pursue plea negotiations. In others, defendants decide to push their cases all the way to a bench or jury trial. Each case is unique, so your options can vary depending on the facts at hand.
At our law firm, we work with individuals who are evaluating their options in a criminal case. The suspect in the recent incident in New York City is likely evaluating his options at this moment. At our law firm, we work with our clients to help them understand all potential paths forward. For more information, please visit the criminal defense overview section of the Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC website.