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October 2018 Archives

Criminal defense protections for drug charges are important

Drug possession is a serious criminal charge, which is why it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights. Accused individuals who have been charged with drug crimes face serious possible penalties and consequences.

Conditional licenses help first-time DUI offenders regain rights

After drinking during a holiday party, you attempt to drive home under the influence of alcohol. An officer witnesses you make an illegal traffic turn, and the officer subsequently discovers you operated your vehicle while drunk. Although you have not committed a DUI offense previously in New York, you worry that your penalties will affect your life greatly.

Road construction workers' accidents can lead to civil lawsuits

A lot of the road construction work that is done on New York Highways is scheduled for the early morning hours when traffic is light and also to limit delays for motorists. Unfortunately, some of those who do travel at that time are on their way home from pubs, clubs and other facilities where they consumed alcohol. This increases the probability of road construction workers' accidents that could cause severe injuries and even fatalities.

Newsweek allegedly involved in fraud and money laundering scheme

Publishing companies IBT Media and Christian Media, and executives with those companies, are facing fraud charges for their involvement in an alleged fraud and money-laundering conspiracy involving Newsweek magazine. The district attorney's office recently conducted an investigation, which included raiding IBT's offices.

Driver's license suspension versus revocation in New York

Depending on the circumstances, sometimes when a person in New York is charged with a drunk driving offense, they may face the revocation or suspension of their driver's license. This can be very damaging on a person's everyday life. Driving is a necessity for many people, as it may be their only way to travel to work, run errands or go pretty much anywhere. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between the revocation of one's driver's license and the suspension of one's driver's license.

Mental health concerns arise in the taxi industry

Some of the most frequent workers you see around the Big Apple are visible on every street corner and traffic light. Taxi cabs are one of the most common ways to travel around New York City whether you want to get to some place quicker or safer. It seems like an accessible industry for those who want to make a living by driving around one of the most iconic cities in the nation.

Fatal New York limo accident could result in criminal charges

Earlier this month, a limo was traveling downhill on a rural highway, failed to stop at an intersection and crashed into an unoccupied car. As a result, 20 people were killed, including 17 friends traveling in the limo, the driver of the limo and two people standing by in a nearby parking lot. Investigators discovered that the evidence showed that the collision was a high-energy impact, but could not confirm speeding, as that there were no skid marks near the crash site. The driver of the limousine in question reportedly was operating the limo with an improper license.

2017 NHTSA figures show fewer fatalities except for trucks

New York drivers may be less likely to have fatal accidents on rural than urban roads, and fatal accidents are down overall across the country compared to 2015 and 2016. However, truck drivers could be at a greater accident risk than drivers of other types of vehicles.

Fentanyl epidemic threatens workplace safety of first responders

According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the potency of the synthetic opioid fentanyl is estimated at 50 times the strength of heroin. This threatens the workplace safety of all first responders such as emergency medical personnel, law enforcement, rescue workers, firefighters and even border patrol officials. In New York, these workers respond to tens of thousands of calls, any one of which could involve a fentanyl overdose or other potential exposure to this opioid.

What is the theft crime of extortion in New York?

Under the New York Penal Code a person in New York commits the crime of larceny if they take the property of another intending to deprive that person of the property or intending to keep the property for himself. There are numerous ways larceny can be committed. One of these is by extortion.

Workplace safety in offices as crucial as on construction sites

Every work environment has its own unique hazards, even offices. Although administrative buildings in New York might pose different dangers than those to which construction workers and employees in the manufacturing industry are exposed, workplace safety is as important. When someone's head is struck against a filing cabinet in a fall in an office, it can lead to the same type of brain injury a construction worker might suffer when hitting his or her head against a concrete pillar.

How to avoid slip-and-fall injuries

All New Yorkers should know about the various slip-and-fall hazards and how to work around them. That way, they can avoid accidents. Slip and falls occur most frequently from December to February when slippery ice is more prevalent. However, other common causes include liquids or grease on the floor, unsafe use of scaffolding or ladders and poorly lit stairs. Most falls are from the same level.

Drunk driving charges follow crash into parked car killing 1

When a passenger of a negligent driver dies from injuries suffered in New York car accident, the driver might be held accountable in a civil court. However, if the driver that caused the accident was impaired at the time of the crash, criminal charges will likely also follow. A 45-year-old man from Long Island was recently arrested, and he now faces drunk driving charges.

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