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April 2017 Archives

Drunk driving defenses might require you to make hard decisions

Drunk driving charges are often the result of a single bad choice. You might have thought that you were fine to drive when you left the bar, but the effects of the alcohol hit you a few miles down the road. You only wanted to get home so you kept on going. Your heart probably dropped into your stomach when you saw the police car behind you with the lights on.

More New Yorkers will be able to seal previous convictions

Recently, New York lawmakers increased the age of criminal responsibility to 18. While this proposal received significant media coverage, a lesser-known part of that bill may nonetheless have greater ramifications, particularly for people who have criminal convictions stemming from when they were young.

Pharmacist dodges murder rap in criminal defense

A New York pharmacist is facing serious sanctions during his criminal trial for actions that led to the deaths of multiple patients. The man mounted a criminal defense against allegations of mail fraud, racketeering, and second-degree murder in the case. After being convicted of the white collar crimes - but acquitted for the second-degree murder charges - the man is now awaiting sentencing that is set for June.

Can companies' internal shoplifting programs see success?

Do all companies automatically call the police when they suspect a property crime? You may be surprised to learn that not everyone who is accused of shoplifting in New York is required to see the inside of a police car - or a courtroom, for that matter. New corporate loss-prevention strategies espoused by big names like Wal-Mart are keeping defendants from being in legal hot water because of a shoplifting allegation. Here is their new approach.

A defendant's silence used as evidence

When arrested, it is imperative to remain silent. Most people are familiar with the part of the Miranda warning that notes, "Anything you say may be used against you in a court of law." For those accused of a crime, a recent decision highlights the fact that it really pays to be particular about who you speak to after being arrested.

Why do insurance rates rise after a DWI charge?

Did you know that a drunk driving allegation could have a significant impact on your car insurance rates? A DWI can affect many aspects of your life. Even as you are thinking about your license suspension or installation of an ignition interlock device, you could be dealing with higher insurance premiums that could easily break the bank. Instead of just allowing these issues to persist, defendants often benefit from seeking the help of a qualified legal professional to defend their rights in court.

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