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May 2018 Archives

Man faces felony assault charges after allegedly fighting cops

It is an unfortunate reality that some family disagreements in New City escalate to the point that it is considered a domestic assault. Being arrested on these charges can cause major upheaval in a person's life not just personally, but professionally as well. There can be fines, jail time, restraining orders and many other issues in the aftermath. What can make these situations worse is when law enforcement is called and the person who is alleged to have committed domestic violence is accused of refusing to comply with orders from law enforcement. It might even rise to assault charges against police, opening a whole different level of charges. Those who find themselves confronted with these problems must remember their right to have a legal defense.

What are the best ways to defend against robbery charges?

Robbery charges often stem from allegations that a person threatened the use of immediate physical force while attempting to deprive someone of their property or while committing larceny. Forcibly taking property from another person in New York can result in serious consequences. Generally in New York a conviction for third-degree robbery may result in two to seven years in jail, while a first-degree robbery conviction may result in 10 to 25 years in prison. The court may also fine you up to $5,000 or double the amount you gained from the robbery.

Mayor pushes to stop arrests for smoking marijuana in public

While medical marijuana is legal in New York, smoking marijuana is still illegal. According to current New York law, you could be arrested if police catch you smoking marijuana in public and you will likely have to be fingerprinted and required to appear in court. On the other hand, when someone is in possession of a small amount of marijuana, they are issued a summons instead and are not generally arrested or fingerprinted, unless they do not show identification. However, Mayor Bill de Blasio is making an effort to stop public marijuana smoking arrests. The mayor has told New York City police to stop arresting those smoking marijuana in public and instead issue them a summons.

Man faces felony drunk driving charges related to Leandra's Law

Facing drunk driving charges in New City and throughout New York can happen in a variety of ways and lead to many different allegations and penalties if there is a conviction. For example, people might not realize that they can be confronted with DUI allegations even if the vehicle is not moving and a law enforcement officer finds a person who is under the influence behind the wheel. This can be compounded if the person has children in the vehicle. Those who are dealing with an arrest in such a case must remember the importance of having legal help.

Drunk driving charges filed against former FDNY Union leader

Being accused of impaired driving in New York can be detrimental to anyone's career, regardless of whether a conviction is ultimately secured. This was underscored by the arrest of the Executive Director of the New York City Fire Pension Fund who was reportedly relieved from his position immediately upon his arrest. Drunk driving charges or driving while impaired by narcotics or prescription medication can result in job loss even before the accused person appears in court.

What if I'm underage and get arrested for drunk driving?

New Yorkers may be familiar with drunk driving laws, the legal limit, breathalyzer tests and license suspension periods. However, drinking and driving laws for those under the legal drinking age of 21 are quite different. So, what happens if an underage person is arrested for drunk driving?

Should one fight a traffic ticket?

Getting a traffic ticket in New York can ruin one's day and cost a significant amount of money in fines and result in an increase in insurance premiums. One may be wondering whether fighting the ticket is a good idea. In some cases, taking time off work to go to a hearing can cost one more money than the ticket itself, making it disadvantageous to fight. However, if one's traffic ticket is costing thousands of dollars, defending oneself may be the best option.

Workplace safety: An ergonomic program can prevent back injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes specific safety regulations for particular industries in New York and across the country. However, it also provides guidelines under a general duty clause to prevent injuries that can happen in any work environment. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says one such a general workplace safety risk is back injury, which makes up almost 20 percent of all reported occupational illnesses and injuries.

Do I need an attorney for my workers’ compensation claim?

You may be known as a “do-it-yourself” kind of person. But, when it comes to work injuries, trying to go at it alone can be a risky move with irreversible consequences if you aren’t careful. At the end of the day, an insurance company is there to represent their client. Talking to a New York attorney before speaking with a claim’s representative could be the only way to prevent your claim from going down the drain.

What to expect in a juvenile court proceeding

As you might expect, juvenile court proceedings are conducted very differently from adult proceedings. This relates back to the rationale for juvenile courts to be more rehabilitative and less punitive, and is supported by the copious amounts of research pertaining to juvenile brain development and culpability. With this in mind, juvenile courts operate under this framework in a very unique manner. If you find yourself or your child involved in a juvenile case it is important to have a basic understanding of this court system.

Drug charges follow discovery of stash worth over $1.2 million

Facing criminal charges in New York can have severe consequences, and those in such situations typically seek legal counsel as soon as possible. This was likely also the first step taken by a 42-year-old Oswego City man after his arrest on drug charges. The Oswego County Drug Task Force, which comprises members of several law enforcement agencies, reported the arrest on a recent Monday.

Our attorneys can help fight your DUI charges

Getting arrested for a DWI or DUI can be scary, especially in New York, a state with some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. People who are convicted on DUI charges may lose their licenses for an extended period of time, making it difficult, if not impossible for them to get to work and earn a living. A DUI conviction on one's record can also make it difficult to find or maintain employment, get child custody or maintain a good community reputation.

Advancing technology is rapidly improving workplace safety

It is often said that many employers in New York prioritize profits over the safety of employees. This could be because many business owners might feel that placing the focus on workplace safety can jeopardize profits by distracting attention from production. However, rapid technological changes have started to provide safety options that can be practical without compromising productivity.

Workplace safety involves much more than obvious hazards

Some New York workplaces are minefields of dangers despite compliance with safety regulations. Safety management entails more than the elimination of known hazards. All employees must be responsible for workplace safety, and monthly safety reviews should involve all workers, including new employees. Caution signs play an essential part in injury prevention considering that so many workers suffer fractured bones or spinal cord and brain injuries because somebody neglected to put out a 'wet floor' sign.

Arson charges may result in significant consequences

Most of us are aware that arson charges stem from setting a fire or causing an explosion to destroy a piece of property. The crime of arson in New York requires prosecutors to establish several elements for convictions. If they are unable to prove one or more of the elements, it is likely that criminal charges will be lessened or dismissed altogether.

Defining the plain-view doctrine in New York

In New York, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens against unlawful arrests, seizures and searches. For this reason, the protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment are a crucial component of criminal defense in the Empire State and throughout the United States. Understanding one's Fourth Amendment rights is important for a citizen - even if he or she is not a criminal defendant.

Drunk driving charges: Misdemeanors vs. felonies

No driver wants to lose his or her driving privileges, especially if it follows only a few drinks shared over lunch or an evening with friends -- which might have included one too many. Some New York drivers are unsure about when drunk driving charges will be misdemeanors and when will they be felony charges. There are certain circumstances under which a DUI charge will automatically be a felony.

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