It is pretty common for news reports to provide details of arrests but then never follow up with how the case ends. This can result in an immediate conclusion about the arrestee's guilt or innocence in the "court of public opinion." However, everyone should remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction - we all enjoy the presumption of innocence in America, until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A man who was recently arrested in New York, according to reports, hopefully will benefit from this presumption, as all arrestees should.
There is no doubt about it: being charged with a criminal offense in New York can be scary. The vast majority of people are never exposed to the state's judicial process in any fashion, except perhaps for a family law or traffic court matter. So, facing a criminal charge can be intimidating, which is completely understandable. But, how a person reacts to a criminal charge can make all the difference in the outcome of the case.