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17 indicted for largest drug seizure in western New York

As a previous post discussed, mandatory minimum sentences could present harsh penalties for those accused of certain crimes. Because, in some instances, this has caused some offenders to endure serious penalties that outweigh the offense that the person was convicted of, these mandatory minimums have been modified for some lesser crimes. However, if an individual is accused of a serious drug crime, the person can still face the consequences of a harsh penalty, especially if the allegations involve a drug ring crossing state and international borders.

How mandatory minimum sentences impact accused offenders

For many New York residents, it is clear that some criminal offenses carry more serious penalties. While it is reasonable to assume that serious offenses could result in harsh penalties, some low-level offenses unfortunately carry with them long-term consequences that many have argued are unfair. Due to the large number of offenders serving long sentences for low-level offenses, in states such as New York, a movement to reform certain sentencing laws was initiated.

What is Leandra's law?

Motorists in New York and elsewhere frequently drive with young children in their vehicles. While this is not an uncommon activity, it could be a dangerous activity if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If an officer stops a driver and the driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she could face serious penalties. These penalties could increase if the suspected driver is traveling with a child in the vehicle.

Helping New York drivers reduce or dismiss DWI charges

No matter the time of day, being stopped by a police officer is never an enjoyable event for New York motorists. While some drivers might be stopped for minor traffic violations such as speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign, others could be accused of more serious offenses. If a police driver believes that a driver is intoxicated, he or she could be charged with a drunk driving charge. However, in order to be properly charged with a DWI, certain evidence must be properly collected and that evidence must prove that the driver was over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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