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Drug offenders need treatment, not jail

When someone gets arrested for a drug-related crime, is putting that person behind bars really the best option? It is often what the authorities seek to do. However, one can make the argument that it would be far better to give these offenders the treatment they need to get over their addictions.

After all, isn't addiction really the reason for the crime? The person may not want to break the law, may not want to use the drugs and may not want to serve time. They just cannot help it.

DWI defense: 3 tips to protecting your rights and your license

When you went out for the night with your friends you didn't think about drinking too much and getting behind the wheel. Instead, all you focused on was having a good time. Unfortunately, if you did drive recklessly as a result of being intoxicated, then you could face a DWI.

There is no minimum jail time for a DWI in New York. There are maximum jail times allowed by the state. Here is a little bit more about what you can expect if you are faced with a DWI charge.

Ecstasy: A popular club drug

There are many drugs that are on the streets in New York, not just the major drugs such as Fentanyl, heroin or cocaine. Club drugs are a particular problem, because of the risk that they could impact people of all ages and even be slipped into their drinks during a night out.

One of the most common club drugs is ecstasy. This drug is also known as MDMA, XTC, E, X, Eve, Adam, beans, love drug, peace, uppers, molly and many other nicknames. This drug comes in oral forms in most cases, requiring users to take it in capsules or tablets. Some people do crush it and snort it. Normally, this drug comes alongside others such as marijuana or alcohol.

Shoplifting: Not a gender-specific crime

Shoplifting is a crime that can get you into trouble with the law. Often, it's associated with women, because society promotes that women shop much more frequently than men. The reality is that both women and men can and do shoplift.

Statistics from Shoplifting Prevention show that there are around 27 million people who shoplift in the United States. Of those, around 10 million have been caught shoplifting in the last five years. Shoplifting doesn't just happen in department stores or clothing stores but also in supermarkets, music stores and thrift shops.

A BUI could affect your driver's license, too

DUIs have the potential to significantly impact your life if you're not cautious. In fact, it's possible to get a DUI on land and in the water. If you plan to go boating, remember that alcohol, while not prohibited while driving, can still get you into trouble. If you drink and end up with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, you'll still face charges and penalties for being intoxicated behind the wheel of your vessel.

The risks to you while driving intoxicated are high in the water or on land. While you may feel there are fewer potential hazards on the water, that's not necessarily the case. The potential for hitting sand banks, debris and other boaters makes it dangerous to drive while intoxicated.

Prescription restriction: Why you shouldn't give away medications

Prescription pills come in many forms, from those for pain to those to calm the nerves. Prescription pills are restricted, and individuals may not obtain them without the permission of a medical provider.

With any prescription, you need to understand that the medication is for you and you alone. There are many reasons why you shouldn't share medications, even if someone else uses one that is the same or similar to what you have.

Yes, you should always fight drug possession charges

No matter what the substance or substances involved, it is crucial to fight against any drug possession charges, no matter how severe or minor the charges may seem. Drug charges regularly receive strong sentencing, which may far outpace the severity of any crime allegedly committed. In addition to legal consequences handed down by a judge, a conviction may affect many areas of a defendant's life, even well after paying his or her debt of fines or jail time.

If you do have drug charges currently, you should build a strong defense immediately. You may find it difficult to secure work after a conviction, or may not qualify to rent an apartment or home with a drug conviction. Such a conviction may also affect your ability to drive in some cases, further complicating how you provide a living for yourself or family. It is alway worth it to fight drug charges, even if you do not see immediately how to do so.

Do you know the risks of driving with a suspended license in NY?

Motor vehicles are practically a requirement for modern life. While some people in major cities may take public transportation and other choose to ride share or use taxi services, most people depend on their own vehicles to get them where they need to go. From heading into work to taking your kids to the doctor, you rely on your vehicle for just about every facet of life. However, the courts can suspend or revoke your license if you plead guilty or get convicted of certain criminal offenses.

When you lose your license due to a criminal infraction, such as driving while intoxicated (DWI), or an administrative issue, such as an inability to pay fines, your life doesn't stop demanding that you show up. That can leave you in a situation where you feel like you don't have a choice but to get behind the wheel without a valid license. Choosing to do that, however, could cause you much bigger legal issues in the future.

Fighting Breathalyzer results is possible

When an officer informs you that you failed a Breathalyzer test and issues charges, it can seem as though you have no strong options for building your defense. Breathalyzers enjoy high levels of confidence in the eyes of the public, and many people wrongly assume that the results these devices produce are accurate in all instances.

However, a Breathalyzer is not a static measuring device like a ruler or a measuring cup, and there are many ways in which it may produce results that do stand up to scrutiny. Even if you think that the results are probably accurate in your case, it is always worthwhile to explore the ways you might challenge them, potentially dismissing the charges altogether.

Heroin convictions may be avoided with treatment

The heroin epidemic that's sweeping from coast to coast in the United States bears very little resemblance to the heroin problem of the '60s and '70s. Then, the user demographics mainly skewed toward young, urban, African-American men and performers in the music industry.

But today's heroin addicts also live in the suburbs and small towns. They are often older and white, with nearly as many female addicts as male. Most first became addicted to prescription pain medication, often after an accident or other injury.

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