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How to Get Out of a Misdemeanor Charge

So you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor and you’re hoping you’ll be able to get out of it. There’s good news and bad news.  The good news is there are quite a few cases where, with the help of a good criminal defense attorney, you can absolutely get out of a misdemeanor charge…or at least…

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Should You Plea Bargain Your New York Criminal Case?

Most cases in New York aren’t resolved through the trial process. They’re resolved through plea bargains. A plea bargain is a kind of settlement between you and the prosecutor. You agree to plead guilty to something. In return, the prosecutor agrees to reduce the charges to something less severe.  Plea bargains may also include an…

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If Someone Coughs on Me Can I Punch Them?

There have been numerous reports of people maliciously coughing on others. Often, they do it when asked to wear masks, or to socially distance from others.  We know coughing on others is a crime. In some cases, it’s even been prosecuted as terrorism, because Covid-19 is a biological agent. In other cases it’s been charged…

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Is It OK to Drive While Barefoot in New York?

There are some people in the world who just don’t enjoy wearing shoes very much. If you’re one of them then you might be happy to know there is no specific law in New York that prevents you from driving while barefoot. Yet is it a good idea? Can it cause problems later?  Is it…

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What to Do If You Get Arrested at a Protest

As of this writing, protests are ongoing in the nation. If you choose to participate in one you need to know you rights.  Note that you should always try to follow the law while at a protest. For example, many protesters make the mistake of blocking traffic or stepping onto private property where their rights…

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What Minors Should Know About DWI Charges in New York

Drinking and driving gets handled a little differently in New York when the defendant is a minor. A minor defendant isn’t just running up against DWI laws. They’re running up against Zero Tolerance Laws, as well. The New York Zero Tolerance Law sets a legal BAC limit of just 0.02% for drivers under the age…

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Can You Get a DUI While Parked in New York?

New York is beginning the gradual reopening process after our weeks of social distancing. We’re not all going out at once yet or anything, but sooner or later it’s conceivable that some people will be back in bars. So it’s a good time to talk about a portion of New York DUI/DWI laws that you…

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Are You Committing Credit Card Fraud?

We’re all stuck inside more, which means most of us are making purchases on credit cards. This means it’s a good idea to make sure you’re doing it legally. Many of us have bad credit card habits that could, under the wrong circumstances, create vulnerability to fraud charges. Avoid these 5 problematic behaviors to keep…

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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…

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