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November 2018 Archives

What is menacing and what are its penalties in New York?


When the word "assault" is mentioned in New York, people will have a general idea of what it entails. Other terms, however, might be confusing when they are said and heard. This is especially concerning when there are accusations of a legal violation and the person who is being charged is unsure of what it was that might have sparked the investigation and the arrest. Menacing is one such allegation. Those who are confronted with charges of menacing should be aware of what it means and what the potential penalties are. This is critical to a defense.

Man arrested on felony drunk driving charges after accident


Law enforcement in Upstate New York is intent on catching and arresting drivers who are believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is especially true with the holiday season rapidly approaching when more people will be on the road after celebrations with family and friends. When there is an arrest on drunk driving charges, there can be significant penalties including the loss of driving privileges, jail time, fines and more. For those who have a previous DWI conviction, the penalties can be harsher. Having legal help is an integral part of an effective defense.

Sex crimes, lack of consent and inability to consent in New York


When a New Yorker is confronted with allegations of sex crimes, the potential penalties if there is a conviction are only part of the problem, albeit the main problem. There are others that must be considered. The mere accusation of sex crimes can lead to a negative perception in the community, lead to problems with family and do harm to the person in a professional context in the present and future. Before formulating a defense against these charges, it is important to understand the crime itself and what the law says about it. Two important factors that can lead to an arrest for sex crimes are lack of consent and if the alleged victim is incapable of consent. Understanding these is integral to defending against the charges.

Head-on car accident injures three and results in felony DWI


With cooler weather and winter rapidly approaching, the roads in the Hudson Valley will be treacherous enough. With the holidays coming quickly, that danger will be accentuated with the possibility that drivers might head out on the road after having a few drinks. When there are allegations that a driver was under the influence and that caused an accident, this can result in drunk driving charges and severe consequences because people were injured or killed. After an accident with drunk driving charges and serious injuries, the driver will run the risk of facing felony charges and the accompanying penalties. With these charges, having a good legal defense is crucial.

Couple charged with felony drug sales with cocaine and heroin


With the way drugs are viewed as so problematic in New York State and across the nation, law enforcement is intensely seeking those who might be taking part in selling it to try and put a stop to it. This will lead to an arrest and hefty charges with serious consequences - especially if it is a drug like heroin or cocaine. When arrested on these charges, no matter the circumstances under which the arrest was made, it is imperative to understand the severity of the charges and plan a strong legal defense.

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