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What types of drug courts are there in New York?

Residents of New City who find themselves facing drug charges may not know that there may be an alternative to traditional courts in such situations -- drug courts. In a drug court, an individual may receive a reduced sentence in exchange for voluntarily going through a court-supervised drug treatment program. New York State is a leader in the drug court movement, with 141 drug courts currently operating in the state as of January 2016.

What are the elements of first-degree arson in New York?

Individuals in New York City may have heard of the crime of arson, but may not know exactly what it means. In fact, whether an incident can be considered arson depends on the specific facts of the situation, and how the law applies to those facts. Moreover, there are various degrees of arson an individual in New York can be accused of. Today, we are going to look at first-degree arson.

Improper breath test calibration can yield faulty results

If people are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence in New York, it is entirely possible that the police may ask them to submit to a breath test. However, these tests are not infallible. In fact, an improperly calibrated breath test instrument or the improper use of such an instrument can lead to a faulty reading.

Man faces multiple drunk driving charges after wrong-way drive

Law enforcement in New York is constantly on the lookout for drivers who might be operating their vehicles under the influence. When a person is charged with DWI, there are numerous problems that the accused drunk driver will face. These include possible jail time, hefty fines and the loss of driving privileges among many other penalties. This is why when a driver is arrested, he or she needs to know how to formulate a strong defense regardless of the circumstances.

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