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What Are the Penalties for Violating the PAUSE Act?

COVID-19 has prompted Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the PAUSE act, which stands for “Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.” It has essentially shut the state down, including businesses here in Sullivan and Orange Counties. According to the order, businesses that haven’t been deemed essential must keep 100% of their workforce at home. If a…

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How Local Courts Are Responding to COVID-19

Covid-19 is disrupting everything, and that includes both traffic and criminal court. In fact, inmates, police officers, attorneys and others have tested positive for the disease across the state and nation because courts are always so crowded. Closures and delays have been the result. Many city offices aren’t operating at all, and those that are…

What is a Pretext Stop?

The line between a legal stop and an illegal stop is a fine one. Police must have either witnessed a violation of the law or have probable cause to stop a vehicle in order to do so. Sometimes police officers aren’t really that interested in the traffic violation. They may suspect a drug violation, for…

What You Need to Know About Bail Reform

New York’s bail reform laws have been a hot topic in the news. It’s been a highly divisive, hotly contested subject.  The law eliminates bail for most misdemeanor crimes and for some non-violent felony crimes.  The law was enacted because many defendants were sitting in jail for months awaiting trial, despite their right to a…

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Can You Get a DUI For Legal Drug Use?

Many of us take drugs every day without thinking twice about them, both prescription drugs and over-the-counter-drugs. We take them for pain, to help us sleep, and to alleviate the symptoms of various illnesses. It’s common to forget many of these drugs can make you drowsy. Unfortunately, their legality won’t be an issue if you…

Getting Misdemeanor Charges Dismissed in Orange County, NY

If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor crime in Orange County, you’re not alone. Many normal people make mistakes which can disrupt their life. For some, these will be the first charges they ever face. While many defendants imagine their case will go all the way to trial, this is rarely the case. Many also…

Is There a Statute of Limitations on Traffic Tickets?

No, and ignoring traffic tickets can get you into a lot of trouble. Attempting to “wait out” your ticket can also really hurt you, because it limits your options. When you get a ticket, you get a court date. If you choose to pay the ticket, you don’t have to go to court, but you…

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Do You Know How to Exercise Your 5th Amendment Rights?

While most of the cases Scott Russell Law handles here in the Monticello area are traffic cases, this office tackles quite a few criminal cases as well. We handle everything from bad checks to the types of felony crimes that receive constant attention on crime shows across the nation. Those same crime shows may have…

In Some Parts of the State, Cops Are Posing as Construction Workers to Catch Traffic Violations

If signs telling you to slow down in construction zones aren’t enough of a deterrent, the guys in the vests perhaps should be. And not just because legitimate DOT workers could lose their lives as a result of reckless driving. New York State troopers have teamed up with the Department of Transportation. Officers are now…

What Happens When a Commercial Driver Gets a Ticket?

A ticket is serious business when your life and livelihood require you to stay on the road. They’re especially serious if you happened to be in your commercial vehicle when you got the ticket. Some violations will even impact your CDL if you’re in your personal vehicle. Either way, certain violations can result in the…

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