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January 2019 Archives

Man faces multiple offenses for DWI after stop, low-speed chase

Being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in New York can result in short and long-term problems that can negatively affect a person's life. Often, the person will make the mistake of compounding a traffic stop and DWI investigation by deciding to flee law enforcement. This can set the stage for worse penalties, if there is a conviction.

What penalties accompany problem driver restrictions in New York?

Drivers here are expected to adhere to the traffic laws when they are on the road. That includes the basics, like staying within the posted speed limit, not making reckless or negligent actions and driving while sober. However, mistakes happen, and people can face allegations that they have committed traffic violations. Whether they are guilty or not, it is imperative to understand the various penalties that can be assessed should there be a conviction. For some, a problem driver restriction can be placed on the person's driver license.

Woman faces allegations of stealing from people in her care

People in the Hudson Valley and throughout Upstate New York who are trusted in a job are expected to reward that trust by doing what they are required to do based on the terms of employment. It goes without saying that they are not expected to take things that do not belong to them. That includes money, property and assets. Those who are trusted to care for the elderly and disabled are often accused and charged for theft. While these allegations are serious, it does not automatically mean they are true. For people who make their living as caregivers, a criminal charge like this can not only result in long-term consequences, but it can negatively impact their job prospects. Having a lawyer is critical to a defense.

What should I know about a plea negotiation in New York?

When a New Yorker is arrested on criminal charges, there will be a litany of concerns that must be addressed. Among them is the potential consequences they will face. The penalties will inevitably vary depending on the alleged crime that was committed. If it is a lower-level crime, then the possible jail sentence, fine and more will be less than if it is a felony offense involving drugs, weapons or violence. Regardless, understanding how the state oversees a possible plea negotiation, when it is possible and if it is wise to accept it is an important factor in any case.

Head of Upstate New York children's program faces DWI charges


There can be a negative impact for a conviction for driving while intoxicated regardless of who is confronted with the allegations. This is magnified when the accused is a person who has a prominent job with a public agency and is entrusted with the interests of children in New York State. For those whose entire livelihood can be damaged by a DWI conviction and other charges, it is even more important to have a strong legal defense against the charges to seek a positive outcome.

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