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Criminal traffic violations need not result in a misdemeanor

At any time in our life as adults in Greene County, we are expected to abide by the law. This includes when a person gets behind the wheel of their vehicle. There are many situations in which a person could find themselves the recipient of a criminal traffic violation if they do not follow New York state law. Some traffic violations are relatively harmless, like a speeding ticket or rolling a stop sign.

Four charged for committing drug crimes, linked to overdose cases

When law enforcement officials feel that there is a drug epidemic happening in their state, they often end up cracking down on people suspected of committing drug crimes. They may start making more arrests or charging people with more serious crimes-the end result could be bad news for someone facing drug charges.

What are the different degrees of assault?

Intentionally causing someone a physical injury is prohibited in New York as in the rest of the country. Known as assault, the key ingredient to the crime is the intent to cause the injury. There are various degrees to the crime of assault, depending on the use of deadly weapons, the mens rea of the person accused of committing the crime and the seriousness of the injury. Therefore, for first and some second degree assault offenses, there must be the specific intent to cause serious physical injury to the alleged victim.

Should I negotiate a plea bargain?

Many people across the country, including New York residents, may believe that the only way to protect themselves from criminal charges is to go through the criminal justice system. While this may be true for people who are certain they can clear their name, it might not be the best option for everyone facing criminal charges and fearing a criminal conviction. This is perhaps why most criminal prosecutions in the country do not end up in a criminal trial but instead are finalized through plea bargains.

Avoid the long-term effects of a traffic violation with our help

As mentioned previously, no matter how small the crime is, the consequences of a conviction can be long term. This means when New York residents brush off a speeding ticket, they are not only facing a possible increase in penalties associated with it but, depending on their previous driving record, the possibility of a license suspension. Moreover, the ticket could also lead to an increase of car insurance rates. This demonstrates how an infraction so small can have implications so far ranging.

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