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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.

What are some plusses and minuses to plea negotiations?

It might be easy to assume that once a person in New York is arrested and charged with a crime, they will inevitably wind up pleading their case before a jury, who will decide their guilt or innocence. However, many criminal cases are ultimately resolved not in trial, but instead through out-of-court plea negotiations.

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.

Were my Miranda rights violated?


As you may have seen on TV, when someone is in police custody or under interrogation, the police are supposed to make the person aware of their Miranda rights. While the language may differ from state to state, these rights generally include the right to remain silent and the right to legal representation, as well as a warning that anything the suspect says could be used against them in a court of law.

Should people accept plea bargains?


If New Yorkers are facing criminal charges, they should know that a vast majority of criminal cases do not go to trial. If they go to trial, their attorney may come up with a criminal defense strategy to minimize penalties. The attorney may negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor with the hopes of getting a lighter sentence on lesser charges, instead of going to trial. Before accepting a plea bargain, one may discuss options with an attorney and decide whether accepting will be in one's best interest.

Governor Cuomo works to change New York's criminal justice system


When someone is charged with a crime in New York, there are many things working against them. While a solid criminal defense strategy can help the accused significantly, there are still many things that can be done to protect them from injustice. Governor Andrew Cuomo is working to reform the criminal justice system in New York with a number of proposed changes.

Non-consensual pornography will soon be a crime in New York City


Internet sex crimes are becoming common as social media continues to increase in popularity. According to a study by the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, over 12 percent of United States internet users have been a victim of non-consensual pornography, or "revenge porn."

Our criminal defense attorneys are available to assist you


Police officers everywhere are cracking down on crime. Whether it be drug possession or assault and battery, all criminal charges can lead to serious consequences and should be taken seriously. If you have been charged with a crime, you need a knowledgeable New York attorney to handle your case and get you the best results possible. The attorneys at Braunfotel & Frendel LLC are experts at criminal defense and can help you with your case.

Current discovery rules make criminal defense more challenging


If you have been charged with a crime, you and your attorney will work together to come up with the best strategy to present your case in court during trial. A strong criminal defense can result in the lessening of your penalties or the dismissal of your charges. However, New York prosecutors may make things more difficult for defendants to defend themselves.

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