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January 2019 Archives

Repeat DWI offender arrested again in Upstate New York

Charges for driving while intoxicated can be challenging for New Yorkers as it can lead to a litany of penalties that will negatively impact their lives in multiple areas. When they have been convicted in the past, a repeat DWI can make matters far worse as the penalties are often much more severe. While DWI is a dangerous act that can cause property damage, injuries and death, that does not automatically imply that anyone who is accused of it is guilty. Each case must be assessed on its own merits and everyone has a right to craft a defense against these charges, no matter the circumstances.

Man faces drug charges after using with toddler in vehicle

Drug arrests in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York are often categorized as being made against those who are selling drugs. However, those who are accused of using them can also face drug charges. The drugs that were being used and the circumstances can make the situation worse. For example, if a person has a child with him or her, there will be harsher consequences in a legal sense as well as personally. Although conviction of possession and other drug-related allegations can result in severe penalties, there are alternatives to craft a defense. For those who are users and are not dealing with charges related to selling drugs, this is key.

Understanding point reduction and the New York point system

When New York State drivers get moving violations or are involved in a traffic incident that results in points being placed on their driver's license, they might gather information about the situation and the process from many sources. Unfortunately, some sources of how to deal with points on a driver's license are only partially accurate or outright wrong. This could lead people to take a situation in which they have a good chance to pleading not guilty and getting a good result and simply accept the penalties under the mistaken belief that taking part in the Point and Insurance Reduction Program is a suitable alternative. Before doing so, it is wise to speak to a qualified attorney.

Junior driver laws and traffic violations in Upstate New York

It is always exciting for young people to finally get their driver's license in New York State. While this is generally seen as a rite of passage and they will believe that it accords them certain freedoms they did not have before, there are laws they must follow based on their junior driver's license status. Understanding these laws and how traffic violations can negatively impact their future is imperative from the start.

Avoid a DUI after your party for the big game with these tips

If you can believe it, 2019 is already in full swing, and Super Bowl LIII (53) is less than a month away. You may have plans to attend a party or host one. Whether watching the game at a house or going to a sports bar, there is a heightened risk of you getting arrested for drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday.

Four people face drug charges for methamphetamine in Rochester

Drug issues are prevalent in Rochester and throughout New York. As law enforcement makes every effort to interfere with drug crimes and make arrests, the people who are confronted with allegations of possessing, manufacturing or selling drugs are inevitably cast in a negative light. Simply because there was an arrest, however, does not mean that the person or persons charges are guilty. Crafting a viable defense to avoid a drug conviction is critical in any case, but when the charges involve the manufacture and sell of a serious drug like methamphetamine and they are felonies, it is even more imperative.

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