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August 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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