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Common defenses against drug possession

Drug possession charges are a very serious matter, regardless of what type of charges a person might receive. In general, drug charge sentences draw many of the strongest sentences a person can receive for a nonviolent crime.

You have some very important decisions to make If you or someone you love faces a drug possession charge. Whether it is for cocaine or prescription drugs or too much of a more natural substance that remains illegal in the State of New York, you could face a variety of sentences, not to mention the strain that a drug conviction places on your day-to-day life.

What penalties come with a first DWI charge in New York?

If you or someone you love will soon face criminal driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in New York, you may wonder about the penalties. New York does not take kindly to impaired driving and has very strict penalties in place to deter potential offenders. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even prescribed medication, could put others on the road at risk. To make roads safer for everyone, New York engages in DWI enforcement efforts, ranging from targeted roadside stops to roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints. Sometimes innocent people end up facing DWI charges.

There are a number of extenuating circumstances that could result in a DWI charge for someone who was not drinking. Certain medical conditions, ranging from a rare disorder to undiagnosed and uncontrolled diabetes could cause an individual to look drunk or even fail a roadside breath test for alcohol. Sometimes, the law enforcement officer who administers the roadside sobriety test and breath test makes mistakes. Breath tests are not infallible, and issues with maintenance or calibration could result in a false positive. When that happens, a person could be unfairly charged with a DWI.

Don't become a shoplifting statistic

It's estimated that there are 27 million shoplifters in the United States. That breaks down to about one out of every 11 individuals. In a recent five-year period, over 10 million people got caught shoplifting.

If you have fallen prey to the temptation to do a little five-finger discount shopping, you may even be one of them.

What penalties come with a first DWI charge in New York?

If you or someone you love will soon face criminal driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in New York, you may wonder about the penalties. New York does not take kindly to impaired driving and has very strict penalties in place to deter potential offenders. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even prescribed medication, could put others on the road at risk. To make roads safer for everyone, New York engages in DWI enforcement efforts, ranging from targeted roadside stops to roadblocks and sobriety checkpoints. Sometimes innocent people end up facing DWI charges.

There are a number of extenuating circumstances that could result in a DWI charge for someone who was not drinking. Certain medical conditions, ranging from a rare disorder to undiagnosed and uncontrolled diabetes could cause an individual to look drunk or even fail a roadside breath test for alcohol. Sometimes, the law enforcement officer who administers the roadside sobriety test and breath test makes mistakes. Breath tests are not infallible, and issues with maintenance or calibration could result in a false positive. When that happens, a person could be unfairly charged with a DWI.

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.

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