SUFFERN, NY – On January 29th 2020, Lance Weistein, a former Village of Suffern Police Officer was charged with Stalking (4th Degree) and Criminal Contempt (2nd Degree) – 7 counts.
Weinstein was charged based on an Arrest Warrant for him Wednesday where he is accused of violating a stay away and refrain from contact Order of Protection issued to his ex-girlfriend. This order was issued in late October after Weinstein was arrested then for allegedly illegally entering his ex-girlfriends residence based on a complaint by her.
Wednesday’s arrest came about after the same ex-girlfriend reported to police that Weinstein attempted to contact her on 7 separate occasions in violation of this order. He was further charged with Stalking due to a pattern of conduct which placed the complainant in fear of her safety.
Defendant : Lance Weinstein Age: 50
Charges: Stalking 4th Degree
Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree: 7 counts
Weinstein was arraigned in Suffern Justice Court and was released without bail but due to a Judge’s orders at the request of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office, he will be monitored by a GPS device on his person. Weinstein’s attorney attempts to prevent the monitoring device failed in court on Friday.
This program will give back to judges a powerful tool to keep tabs on potentially violent defendants released under the state’s new bail reform law.
The controversial law change removes the imposition of cash bail as an option for judges in most misdemeanors and other non-violent crimes. But it also allows judges to order that those charged with felonies or in connection with domestic violence and sex-related cases be tracked with electronic ankle monitors to ensure they return to court.
Unlike the pre-bail reform rules, though, which left bail bondsmen in charge of the GPS monitoring, the new law mandates that only a governmental agency or non-profit can handle the placement and tracking of the devices.