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Failed field sobriety tests are a threat to your future

Field sobriety tests are a series of tests performed to show that you have a good sense of balance, good reflexes and are coherent. These tests help officers decide if you're intoxicated or under the influence of other substances.

The sad truth about field sobriety tests is that even sober people fail them. Once you fail, that failure is used as evidence against you, even if you weren't under the influence at the time. Even if you end up with an all-clear for your sobriety, you'll still have an arrest on your record.

3 medical problems that make you look intoxicated

Although a driver might seem drunk or out of control, it's important to remember that not everything is as it seems. Many people look like they're intoxicated when they're actually suffering from a medical emergency or condition.

While individuals with a medical history of diseases or disabilities are usually cautious, there's always a chance that someone could end up causing an accident because of an unexpected episode. Here are three possible causes for individuals to appear drunk when they're really not.

Acetone on your breath can lead to a false DWI

Imagine driving home from work one night. During your evening commute through Queens, a police officer pulls you over. You had been feeling a bit off, dizzy even, so you were not totally surprised when the officer asked if you had been drinking. You were surprised, however, when the breathalyzer test came back positive for alcohol. You had not had a drop of alcohol since the weekend, so there was no possible way the test could be correct. Unfortunately, the officer's first reaction was to arrest you for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Acetone on the breath can easily lead to a false positive on a breathalyzer test. This is because these devices are calibrated to pick up the presence of alcohol in general, not just beer and liquor. Unfortunately, since acetone is a byproduct of certain conditions, this can cause an individual suffering from hypoglycemia to blow a positive reading.

Little white lies and insurance fraud can mean big trouble

Have you ever lied to your insurance company? Imagine this scenario, your kids have been playing baseball in the backyard for years, and one day you went out to check on them and noticed hundreds of pockmarks across the aluminum siding on the back of your house.

Not having enough money to pay for the damage, you decided to call your insurance company for an inspection of the damage. The thing is, you weren't entirely honest with the insurance company about what happened.

Have An Outstanding Warrant? Clear It At DA's Event

If you have an outstanding low-level summons warrant, now is your chance to get it cleared. The Queens district attorney is co-hosting a free event that is offering people a chance to start fresh and clear their names.

On Saturday, October 21, the DA, along with the Office of Court Administration and local defense attorneys, will be resolving outstanding summons warrants at the Second Chance: Queens District Attorney's Warrant Forgiveness Event.

The event, which offers free legal services and other helpful services, will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Participants must bring a valid, state-issued photo ID.

Leaving a warrant unanswered can result in arrest and can stand in the way of qualifying for a job or a place to live.

Avoid a haunting DUI with these Halloween safety tips

Halloween is just around the corner, and as such, you probably know that there are likely to be more drunk drivers on the roads. With parties and events, people have easy access to alcohol. Some make a bad decision and get behind the wheel of a car when they should get a ride instead.

If you find that you're one of those people, you can defend yourself and have a chance of reducing or eliminating the charges against you. In the meantime, here are some tips for staying safe on Halloween if you decide to drink.

You could face these penalties if convicted of a DWI

New York is hard on those who are accused of a DWI. For that reason, it's important for you to work with your attorney to defend yourself. How can you do so?

There are many ways to forge a defense, from showing that you have a medical condition that made you drive dangerously to proving that the breathalyzer was not working properly. If you can't defend yourself, then you could face a litany of penalties.

Some are calling for stricter animal cruelty laws

Stricter laws are needed to crack down on cruelty to animals, say animal-rights advocates in New York. The issue was recently brought to the forefront when a Staten Island man was charged with aggravated cruelty to a cat after posting a video on Facebook Live. The story elicited ire and heartbreak among animal-lovers.

Animal cruelty charges bring emotional responses

New police "overt camera" method of crime deterrence

In Suffolk County, police are implementing an “overt camera” program in an attempt to stop crime before it starts. The program involves the placement of obvious police cameras in public areas in which residents have requested them, or in which police data has shown there is a high rate of crime.

Why was the overt camera program implemented?

An overview of petit larceny in New York

It should come as no surprise that a financial, tourism and retail center of the world has its share of shoplifting. From food to fine jewelry, stores across New York City take measures to guard against theft.

New York law treats shoplifting seriously, as well. There is no such thing as a minor criminal charge. While shoplifting, which is called petit larceny, may result in fewer consequences than a DWI or assault, make no mistake: a conviction for theft can have large ramifications.

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