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What traffic violations can I get for lapsed insurance?

Drivers in New York State are required to have insurance when they are on the road. If there is a traffic stop or an accident and the driver does not have the required proof of insurance, there are various traffic violation penalties that will be faced. With an insurance lapse, it is important to understand the circumstances under which it occurs and how to avoid the harshest penalties with help from a qualified attorney experienced in traffic violation defense.

If a person is facing allegations of an insurance lapse, it means they do not have liability coverage for a New York State-registered vehicle. This can result in the driver's license being suspended as well as the registration being suspended. Regardless of the reason, a driver who has a registered vehicle that is not insured is considered lapsed. It can happen between the date of the insurance having been canceled and the following dates: when the new insurance starts; when the driver surrenders the license plates; when the registration has expired; when there is valid "other proof" of insurance; or when the insurance is reinstated by the insurer.

Man faces drug offenses and child endangerment after arrest

Law enforcement in Upstate New York treats drug offenses seriously. Given the ongoing problems with drugs in the state and across the nation, this should come as no surprise. People who are in possession of drugs can face charges depending on how much they have. Those who are charged with selling drugs will inevitably deal with far more serious consequences should there be a conviction. The circumstances of the case will dictate how hefty the penalties could be. Regardless, those who are arrested for any drug offenses must remember to plan a strong defense with help from a qualified attorney.

A 27-year-old man was placed under arrest on multiple drug charges. The arrest was made in the afternoon shortly after 1 p.m. The charges include three counts of selling heroin; drug possession with intent to sell; and possessing narcotics with the intent to sell. The latter two are in the category of a class B felony. He is also accused of child endangerment. The charges came after a combined investigation between several law enforcement entities.

What is the law and the penalties for larceny in New York?

For people in Upstate New York who are placed under arrest and are informed that they are being charged with larceny, there might be some confusion as to what that means. With any criminal allegations, it is imperative to have legal assistance for a criminal defense. That is true with larceny and any other charges. Larceny is when a person takes the property of another and did so without using force. The intention is to deprive the owner of the property forever or for a significant time period.

For there to be a charge of larceny, the intention must have been to take the property on a permanent basis or for a time-period so the worth or benefit will be significantly decreased; or to control the property or to let a third party control it for an extended period to profit from its benefit or worth. Property can include anything of value. The value of the property will be determined by the market when and where the crime takes place or the cost to replace the property within a reasonable time-period.

New York teen charged with underage DWI and more after crash

Teen drivers are a common sight in the Hudson Valley. Since they are inexperienced and just starting out on the road, there is a chance they will make blatant mistakes a driver with a long history of driving would not make. That can make it difficult for them to get and maintain their driver's license, avoid citations and they might even be arrested for various charges related to legal violations. Much can be said about "protecting your future", but teen drivers should be especially cognizant of that. This is even more important after there have been allegations of multiple offenses while driving.

A teen is facing numerous charges related to an incident in which his vehicle flipped over, ending up on its roof. The crash happened in the early morning hours at about 3:30 a.m. Law enforcement and first responders were called to investigate a 2007 Chrysler that had rolled over. When they arrived, they found an 18-year-old who was believed to have been under the influence. He was arrested and faces drunk driving charges, driving without a license, speeding and other allegations. He was uninjured.

Bill would make texting at red lights a traffic violation

New York State drivers who have grown accustomed to sneaking looks at their smartphone or other devices when behind the wheel will undoubtedly know that they could place themselves in jeopardy of receiving a citation for a traffic violation. Law enforcement is out in force trying to hammer home the point that distracted driving is dangerous. With that will come penalties, including a fine. An understated issue when cited for a cellphone violation is the points that will be on the driver's record. This can raise insurance rates and, if there are enough points accrued, result in a driver's license suspension. Formulating a defense against these allegations is crucial.

Another important part of a citation for a handheld device is the possibility of new laws being enacted. One that has been proposed will close a so-called loophole that allows drivers to text while they are stopped at a red light. Law enforcement has long sought to put a stop to the freedom for drivers to use their devices when stopped at a red light. Should this law be enacted, more tickets will be issued and the accompanying penalties can be problematic for drivers.

Multi-vehicle fatal crash leads to two men arrested for DWI

When a person is arrested for driving while intoxicated in Upstate New York, there are substantial penalties and other consequences. If it is a simple case of a driver who was under the influence, was stopped by law enforcement and placed under arrest with no accident and no injuries, it is not as severe an issue as it is when there is a crash with injuries and fatalities. These incidents can be compounded by other factors such as having children in the vehicle at the time. For those who have been arrested on charges of intoxicated manslaughter, felony drunk driving and other allegations, having a law firm that is skilled with defending clients against these charges is crucial.

A three-vehicle accident led to the death of one man and the arrest of two others. The accident happened in the early afternoon at about 1 p.m. According to the investigation, a 23-year-old driver was heading east when he hit another vehicle. That vehicle was sent over the median and into the opposite lanes. It was then hit by a vehicle being driven by a 41-year-old man. The driver who was hit on both sides died.

Pickup truck driver faces DWI charges after crashing into pole

As drivers in Hudson Valley and throughout Upstate New York are keenly aware, law enforcement is on a constant watch to seek out and stop drivers who are thought to be under the influence. In many cases, there is a traffic stop after a driver has exhibited a sign that he or she might be intoxicated. However, when there is a crash, law enforcement will investigate to determine if drunk driving charges are in order. Other allegations can ensue as part of the case. In every situation, drivers should make certain that they are protected by an attorney who is experienced in drunk driving cases.

A driver who crashed his pickup truck into a telephone pole was arrested for drunk driving. The accident occurred in the early morning hours after 2 a.m. Law enforcement was called when a 2016 Ford F-150 was reported to have hit the pole. During their investigation, they found a 45-year-old male driver who had tried to depart from the site of the crash. The man hit the pole after losing control of the vehicle when he had trouble negotiating a turn. The driver was unhurt. His blood-alcohol content was found to be three times the legal amount. He faces multiple charges related to the incident including DWI, aggravated DWI, and driving without a license.

A lawyer is critical when facing charges related to road rage

When driving in New York, it is easy to become frustrated for many reasons. There could be a driver who was operating recklessly and caused, or nearly caused, an accident. Or, a person might have other things on their mind where anything can set them off, even a driver moving too slowly. Regardless, being charged with the threat of violence or assault in a road rage incident can have a negative effect on a person's life. As such, a legal defense is crucial.

The stories are everywhere: people who get out of their cars and engage in confrontations with other drivers. Unfortunately, it is only after an incident, when there is an arrest, does the person realizes that it is a real crime and the consequences are just as real.

Passenger, 26, faces multiple drug offenses after traffic stop

People stopped for a traffic violation and suddenly find themselves facing allegations of drug offenses might think they have little chance to lodge a successful defense. But, the reality is that there are many defense strategies. Having a lawyer who is skilled at criminal defense is one of the keys.

For example, a traffic stop in Upstate New York led to a man being arrested on several drug charges. The incident began at around 11 p.m., initially due to traffic violations. After the officers made the stop, they believed that they had probable cause to search the vehicle. The man who was arrested, 26, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Man faces serious consequences for drugs and DWI

New York State law enforcement is vigilant about criminal activity throughout the year, but they are more focused on it during holidays. When there is a traffic stop, drivers could be confronted with charges for driving while intoxicated. During the search of a vehicle, it is possible that there will be allegations of drug possession. When there is an arrest on these charges individually or in combination, there is the potential for serious consequences that can be life-changing. A strong defense is integral to a positive outcome.

A 30-year-old man faces allegations of drug possession and DWI after a traffic stop on July 4. The incident occurred in the early morning hours at approximately 3:20 a.m. Troopers stopped the vehicle, a 2015 BMW, because of a traffic violation. The man is believed to have been under the influence. As they investigated, troopers found marijuana and cocaine. The man was charged with multiple violations including drug possession and DWI. The drug possession charge is a class B felony.

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