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Can You Get a Payment Plan on an NY Traffic Ticket Fine?

While the team here at Scott Russell Law encourages you to get legal help before paying any traffic ticket, it is worth noting that thanks to the new Driver’s License Suspension Reform Act it is possible to pay traffic tickets in installments if you wish to do so and cannot afford to do so, or…

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Hit and Run Charges in New York

Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious matter in New York. Any time an auto accident results in injury or death, or to the property of an unknown owner, you must get the police on the scene. Any time you are involved in an accident at all, you must stop and trade contact…

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What is a Defensive Driving Course in New York?

A defensive driving course is a court-approved course that lets you remove points from your driving record. Some people take them voluntarily to improve their driving record. Others take them because the court has ordered them to do so after they’ve received some manner of traffic citations. Anyone with a valid driver’s license may take…

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Can a Misdemeanor Charge Keep You From Getting a Student Loan?

A criminal conviction can impact almost every area of a person’s life. Yet some people can still rebuild their lives even after they’ve been convicted and have finished out a sentence. Student loans and other student financial aid programs can be a vital part of that rebuilding process. Fortunately, changes in the law have made…

Getting a Failure to Appear Charge Dropped or Dismissed in New York

One of the most insidious ways to end up on the wrong side of the law is to end up with a “failure to appear” charge or a bench warrant. This happens when you were set a court date with a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) or even a traffic ticket and for whatever reason you…

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5 Pre-Trial Motions That Can Help Your Criminal Case

Did you know that a lot of the work on your criminal case takes place before the trial? If you intend to take your case all the way to trial without plea bargaining then your attorney is often already talking to the court long before witnesses start taking the stand. A pretrial motion is a…

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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking a Plea Bargain?

Most criminal cases are resolved through the process of a plea bargain. While we at Scott Russell Law always look for other solutions first, the truth is there are going to be times where we advise our clients to take the deal. Every plea bargain should be weighed carefully and on an individual basis to…

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Why You Shouldn’t Talk About Your Criminal Case

Being charged with a crime is one of the most traumatic things that could ever happen to you. It’s natural that you’re going to want to talk about it. You’re going to want to “explain what happened” to the police. You’re going to want to talk them into letting them go. Even if you’re smart…

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What Happens When Charges Get Dropped in an NY Criminal Case?

One of the best outcomes we can get for our clients are those times when the charges get 100% dropped. Dropped charges mean you aren’t going to be convicted of any crime.  No trial. No additional jail time, even if you’ve already been arrested. No criminal record. What do dropped charges really mean? There are…

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6 Mistakes People Make When Charged with a Crime in New York

There are few things more stressful than being charged with a crime. It’s not unusual to make some fairly major mistakes very quickly once the process begins. Yet if at all possible, you should work hard to avoid making any of the six blunders below. These are the blunders that tend to result in cases…

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