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A brief history of the standardization of field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests have become so commonplace that most residents of New York expect that police officers will perform at least one on individuals they believe are driving under the influence. These tests are meant to determine whether or not an individual is intoxicated. However, it wasn't until the mid-1970's that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) decided to determine what field sobriety tests (if any at all) really might detect whether a person was driving while intoxicated (DWI).

What are some common defenses to assault charges?

Sometimes when a disagreement occurs between two people in New City, things can become volatile, with threats and accusations being thrown around. Nevertheless, assault charges in New York are no laughing matter. In fact, first-degree assault is a felony in New York, meaning there are serious consequences, including the possibility of incarceration and significant fines, for those convicted of this crime. However, what if you feel your actions were justified? Are there any defenses to charges of assault?

Even traffic infractions deserve a strong criminal defense

Even the best of drivers in New York make mistakes from time to time. We might unwittingly drive above the posted speed limit, fail to notice a stop sign or traffic signal or fail to use our blinkers when making a turn. Even if these actions do not result in an accident, police will still pull over and ticket those who commit such infractions, even if they did not mean to.

The stakes are raised when commercial drivers are accused of DUI

Commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks and buses, traverse the roads of New York on a daily basis, and in fact, are an essential part of commerce in the state and nationwide. However, per law, these drivers are held to a different standard of care with regards to drunk driving than are non-commercial drivers of standard motor vehicles.

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