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What is the driver's license points system in New York?


Last week this blog reviewed why it is so important to fight unjust traffic tickets. After all, being issued a traffic ticket may come with more than just a fine to pay. The accumulation of points on one's driver's license could in some cases result in the loss of one's driver's license, which can understandably have a seriously negative impact on one's day-to-day life. It is a penalty that should be avoided at all costs.

What happens in a juvenile 'fact-finding' hearing in New York?


When a child in New York who is between 7 and 16 years of age is accused of a crime, in most circumstances their case will be handled by the Family Court through a "fact-finding hearing" rather than through a criminal trial. In this type of hearing, the case will be decided by a judge rather than a jury. That being said, in certain cases, juveniles between the ages of 13 and 15 may be tried as adults.

Facing allegations of a traffic violation in New City


Even the most careful drivers in New City may find themselves in a tough legal situation. Perhaps they are being blamed for a car accident or of fleeing the accident scene. Perhaps they are accused of driving recklessly or engaging in dangerous behaviors such as texting while driving. Perhaps they are even facing allegations of driving with a suspended license. All of these accusations can lead to traffic tickets and long-term consequences.

Dealing with white collar crime accusations in New City

Running a successful business can be hard work, but it can also be a part of the American dream for many in New City, New York. When allegations of white-collar crimes surface, claiming a person committed computer fraud, embezzlement financial crime or business crime, a person's very livelihood could be put at risk. While such allegations can have an immediate effect on a person's life, the future ramifications could be disastrous.

Two men accused of using counterfeit currency in New York


It is an unfortunate fact that counterfeit currency is present in New York. A person may even unknowingly pass it on when purchasing goods. However, sometimes a person is accused of intentionally trying to use counterfeit money, leading to criminal charges.

Does New York allow a person's criminal record to be expunged?


Some states allow a person to expunge their criminal record -- that is, have it disappear forever. Unfortunately, New York is not one of these states. However, New York will allow a person's criminal record to be sealed in certain circumstances. What does that mean?

Traffic crimes can lead to serious consequences in New York


Driving is not without its risks, and there are many potentially dangerous conditions that a driver may face. Not only could adverse weather conditions or improperly maintained roads create the possibility for an accident to occur, but there are also other situations in which a person is accused of a traffic violation that is simply not their fault. However, that does not mean that a person will avoid being ticketed or charged with a traffic offense.

What constitutes a valid New York search warrant?


Criminal procedure laws are put into place in order to protect the rights of an individual who has been accused of a crime and to ensure that individuals are not unjustly treated. One such law involves the legality of a police search or seizure. As part of the investigation or arrest process, police in New York may need to obtain a search warrant in order to search a particular building or person. According to New York Criminal Procedure Code, Section 690.05, the purpose of obtaining a search warrant is to allow police to seize property or to arrest a person. However, there are certain types of information that a valid search warrant must contain.

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