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March 2017 Archives

Arrest of alleged drug smugglers yields $4.1 million in cash

Police authorities in New York City announced the arrest of three men in an alleged drug smuggling operation and described the elaborate steps the men allegedly took to conceal the drugs. The police also seized $4.1 million in cash and 6 pounds of heroin. The three suspects were charged with several federal drug offenses.

Birthday celebration ends in deadly alleged drunk driving crash

Birthdays are usually a time of celebration, but occasionally celebration turns into tragedy. These tragedies are often caused by excessive consumption of alcohol, as sadly demonstrated by a recent collision that killed a Brooklyn woman who was celebrating her 21st birthday. The accident is alleged to have been caused by drunk driving.

Understanding New York's implied consent law

Many New York motorists who are stopped under suspicion of driving while intoxicated wonder if they can refuse a police officer's request to submit to a breath or blood test. The simple answer is "yes," but the refusal to submit to such a test may have other negative consequences.

How do breathalyzers work?

Virtually every state in the union, including New York, defines intoxication as the percentage of alcohol in the blood stream, commonly called the blood alcohol content (BAC). In New York, a BAC in excess of 0.08% means that the person is intoxicated and may be guilty of drunk driving. If a police officer suspects that a driver may be intoxicated, the driver may be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer measures the person's BAC by sampling the person's breath. How does such a test reveal the level of alcohol in the person's blood stream.

What constitutes first-degree identity theft under New York law?

Identity theft schemes might make for good stories on the nightly news, but it is important to remember that not all of those accused of identity theft are actually guilty of the crime. Individuals in New York need to understand what constitutes identity.

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