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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.

Can you defend yourself against trespassing charges?

Criminal trespassing is the legal term for trespassing onto someone else's land or using that person's chattel without permission. On the whole, law enforcement agents such as sheriffs, park rangers and police officers enforce the laws for trespassing. In cases where charges are brought against you for crossing onto another person's land, you do have the right to defend yourself.

There are several defenses to trespassing. One is that you have consent to be there. Here's an example of how this may come up. Perhaps the homeowner is not at home, but you have gained permission to enter the property. If a neighbor sees you and believes you're trespassing, he or she may call the police or local sheriff. While you may be arrested initially if the homeowner is not able to be contacted, it's likely the charges would be dropped as soon as the homeowner cleared up the confusion.

Public intoxication is no longer a crime in NYC

Neither is public urination. But . . . don't do either.

On Tuesday, June 13, New York City lessened some of the penalties associated with public drinking and public urination. The measures are intended to reduce the backlog of criminal cases that are crowding NYC courtrooms.

It may also help immigrants in the U.S. without documentation or who are here on DACA status to avoid being targeted for removal. 

What exactly is theft and how can you offer a defense?

What exactly constitutes the crime of theft?

In order for someone to charge you with theft, you have to actually take someone else's property without any intention of returning it.

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