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December 2018 Archives

Woman cited for "Move Over Law" traffic violation


Upstate New Yorkers might be under the impression that the only types of traffic violations that can cause problems in their lives are when there is an arrest. Included in incidents that can warrant an arrest include driving under the influence, hit and run, and more. Other violations can also be problematic in the short and long term and should not be ignored. Those who are dealing with other traffic offenses can have issues after the fact. These require legal assistance. One such issue is violating the "Move Over" law.

Former fire chief arrested on DWI charges


When law enforcement in the Hudson Valley is patrolling the roads, it does not discriminate when it investigates drivers who are believed to be operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Regardless of their position in the community and the job they do, if there is evidence that they were under the influence behind the wheel, they will be arrested. On the other side of the coin, those who are arrested - no matter their occupation - must bear in mind the importance of a legal defense to seek a reduction of charges, an acquittal or a dismissal. Legal assistance is crucial toward this end.

Traffic violation crackdown results more than 15,000 citations


While law enforcement in New York State is always on the lookout for drivers who might be committing traffic violations, there are certain times when they will make an extra effort to issue citations. The violations that are part of this crackdown can range from the serious for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs to acts that are dangerous when drivers are speeding, driving while distracted, failing to wear seatbelts, and not moving over when an emergency vehicle is behind them. While no one wants drivers to behave in this way, that does not mean that all tickets are justified. With the financial penalties and even potential for incarceration, it is important that drivers understand their rights to contest a ticket and have legal help when doing so.

Driver of passenger bus needs criminal defense after hit-and-run


When there is an auto accident in Upstate New York, there might be a natural response to flee the scene to try and get away to forget it happened. Although doing so is the foundation for an arrest with charges and the accompanying penalties if there is a criminal conviction, many might make that mistake. After being charged with fleeing the scene of a crash - especially one in which there was a fatality, having legal assistance is essential to lodge a strong defense.

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