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Defense options for a DWI charge

Imagine meeting your friends after work on Friday to start your weekend. You spent a few hours cutting loose, winding down from stressful week. Things took a turn when you were on your way home. As you turned into your neighborhood, you saw red and blue lights flash in your rearview mirror. A short time later, you were in the back of a squad car and on the way to the police station.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges can have lasting effects in many aspects of your life. You might have trouble finding a job or renting a new apartment. If you are a student, you might have issues during the financial aid approval process as well. Fortunately, an experienced attorney in the Sayville area can help you defend yourself against a DWI charge.

When does a DUI become a felony?

In general, driving under the influence (DUI) charges are misdemeanors. However, there are certain circumstances that raise a DUI to a felony. Imagine clocking out on Friday and stopping by your favorite bar to have a drink with your friends. One drink turned into many and an officer pulled you over while you were on your way home. You did not cause an accident, you did not hit anything or anyone, but is it possible that your DUI charge might be upgraded to a felony? As with most legal matters, it depends.

If you have received a DUI charge, it is important to remember that you still have the right to legal counsel and to defend yourself. An experienced criminal lawyer in the Sayville area can help you fight a DUI charge. Read further to find out more about how a misdemeanor becomes a felony.

Did your wife falsely accuse you of domestic violence?

In a heated family argument between two spouses, push can come to shove, and it happens more often than anyone cares to believe. That said, sometimes it doesn't happen. Sometimes, a spouse will falsely accuse the other spouse of a domestic violence act. Because New York laws regarding domestic violence are strict, it doesn't matter what you say after you've been accused. The police will likely show up at your door and take you away.

4 things to know about shoplifting charges in New York

Trying to get the items you need when you don't have the money to get them is challenging. The thought of taking the items you need from merchants might cross your mind. This is a consideration that you should avoid. Taking items without paying or without permission is shoplifting, a form of larceny. You can face time in prison and considerable fines for a larceny conviction.

Marijuana possession charges in New York: What should you know?

Given that the state of New York has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of dried marijuana, many people in the state feel like possession is no longer a crime. However, depending on the amount and kind of marijuana, you could be facing serious charges, even felony charges.

If you have been stopped by law enforcement and cited for charges due to marijuana possession, you should speak with an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. He or she may be able to help minimize the fallout of these charges and can advise you on the best way to address the situation.

3 things you can do to avoid a DUI this holiday season

The holidays are here, and that means there are parties and family gatherings with plenty of alcoholic beverages. You like to drink with your friends, and as a young adult, why wouldn't you? Having one before you hit the road won't necessarily leave you with a blood alcohol concentration high enough to result in a DUI, but exceeding your limits just might. Avoid getting a DUI this year with these helpful tips.

Heroin possession and criminal charges: What you need to know

Heroin addiction and opiate addiction are reaching epidemic levels in the United States. As prescription drug companies reformulated their most-prescribed and most abused medications to make them less appealing to potential abusers, they effectively forced those individuals to go onto the black market. Heroin and opiates produce physical addiction and dependence, meaning that simply stopping their consumption can result in severe physical symptoms, called withdrawal, which can be fatal in extreme cases.

The increase in demand for black market heroin has resulted in an increase in overdose fatalities in New York and an attempt by law enforcement to crack down on heroin use. If you, or someone you love, have been arrested in New York for heroin possession, you need to obtain experienced legal representation as soon as possible.

What you should know about prescription drug charges

Prescription drugs are used by many in order to control pain, heal infections, and achieve proper balance of brain chemicals. In most cases people use these drugs only as they are prescribed, but as many as 20% of Americans use prescription drugs when they aren't prescribed, and for reasons other that what is intended.

On the other hand, there are many who are prescribed the drugs and only use a fraction of their prescription, especially if they have been prescribed a controlled substance. They want to limit their dependence on the drug, and work to tolerate their condition on as little of the medication as possible. This leaves them with leftover medication, and it can be all too easy to be tempted to offer a couple spare Oxycontin pills to a friend who is experiencing a high level of pain. This, however is not a wise move. In New York, distribution of controlled substance, even with the most innocent of intentions can make you guilty of a felony.

Over 700 drivers arrested in NY during DUI enforcement effort

Getting charged with a DWI/DUI can come with serious consequences. As a result, those facing these charges should take them seriously. If you are facing drunk driving charges in New York, you are not alone - a recent press release by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo states that 739 drivers were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) during a recent two week stretch.

Why so many arrests in such a short time period? The arrests were part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign ran from August 18th through September 5th.

Charged with a crime in New York? Two times you need a lawyer.

Getting charged with a crime is a frightening thing. Those facing these charges are likely wondering just how severe the penalties could be. Is there enough evidence to lead to a conviction? If so, will the conviction come with a large fee? Will the conviction lead to a sentence that results in jail time? Will the charge impact employment? Should I get a lawyer?

Finding the answers to these questions depends on the details of the charges. However, there are some common issues that generally require legal counsel.

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