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January 2018 Archives

Do shoplifting penalties differ based on item values in New York?


People who are facing allegations of shoplifting in the state might not realize that a criminal conviction can have long-term consequences with the penalties largely hinging on the value of what was taken. This state classifies shoplifting as larceny. If a person takes the property of another and intends to deprive that other person of the property, it falls into this category. The allegations can be increased based on the circumstances. If, for example, the person entered an establishment specifically to commit larceny and had certain tools to do so, there can be a commercial burglary charge. It is important to understand the difference.

Man has accidents and flees, now faces drunk driving charges


For New Yorkers who are facing drunk driving charges, the penalties are harsh. The charges will often be determined by the circumstances of the arrest. For example, if there is an accident and a hit-and-run, the driver will face worse charges and penalties than if it was a simple drunk driving investigation and arrest. Regardless, those who are dealing with DWI charges must keep their future in mind by preparing a defense with help from an attorney experienced with a wide range of DWI issues.

What is aggravated assault and its penalties?


For New Yorkers who are arrested and charged with assault, there will be an inevitable fear that they might end up being convicted and sent to jail. Assault can be a serious charge, but it is important to understand that the circumstances will largely dictate the level of penalties. For example, some forms of allegations involving assault will result in an aggravated assault charge. Having a grasp on the law and how to face the charges is an important part of formulating a strong and viable defense.

Off-duty law enforcement officer arrested for DWI, fleeing scene


No one in New York State is immune to facing drunk driving charges. Even those who are in a position of authority in the state can be confronted by these allegations and the accompanying penalties in the event of a conviction. Any DWI charge must be dealt with aggressively to avoid the worst-case scenario. Having assistance from an attorney from the very beginning is one of the foundational factors in seeking a successful resolution. This is especially true when it is a city employee - particularly a law enforcement officer - who is accused of driving under the influence.

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