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How can entrapment be used as an affirmative defense?

When individuals in New York are charged with a crime, it is important to fully understand the charges against them, as well as the situation leading to the criminal charges. The actions of law enforcement that resulted in the arrest of the accused could be used as evidence in a defense against the charges. If it is suspected that a defendant was induced or encouraged to carry out the illegal action they are being charged with, he or she could assert a defense of entrapment.

New York less strict on felony DWI offenses

As a previous post pointed out, a felony DWI could carry serious penalties for those accused of multiple drunk driving offenses in the state of New York. Moreover, if an individual is accused of causing a drunk driving accident, these consequences could be more severe. Despite that, when compared with other states, the penalties associated with DUIs are not as strict as others.

The penalties for a felony DUI conviction in New York

The dangers of drinking and driving are well known to residents in New York and elsewhere. However, despite this knowledge, some drivers still get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. If a driver is pulled over following a traffic violation or accident and an officer suspects that the driver might be under the influence of alcohol, the driver might be subjected to various tests. Depending on the results of these tests, the driver could face a drunk driving charge.

Reckless endangerment and reckless driving charges

New York residents are aware that motor vehicle accidents happen throughout the state on various types of roads. While accidents do happen, it is commonly cited that the negligence or recklessness of a driver caused the collision. If authorities determine that a driver is liable in a collision, that driver could be charged for reckless endangerment.

Helping defendant initiate a defense against drug charges

Various situations or circumstances might cause a New York resident to face drug charges. Depending on the details of the situation and the criminal background of the accused, this could mean serious penalties if convicted. Our law firm understands that drug crimes carry serious consequences and could cause an individual to endure a damaged personal and professional reputation. This is why it is imperative that defendants evaluate the circumstances leading to the charges, determining what defense options are available.

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