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Here's what to know about the criminal charge process

When a crime is committed and you're arrested, your opportunity to defend yourself starts immediately. It's important that you don't say or do anything that can result in a conviction. That means not talking about what you were doing, trying to explain yourself or admitting to a crime in hopes that it will help your case.

Criminal cases go through a few phases. To start with, there is the arrest. This is when people should reach out to their attorneys so that they can have the situation assessed and receive information on what they should or should not say.

Head-on crash leads to DWI charges

A DWI is a serious offense that can lead to harsh penalties. For most people, DWIs result from a simple mistake. They might have thought that they were sober enough to drive or that they wouldn't be caught due to the time of day and took a risk.

Sometimes, it's a collision that leads to DWI charges. For example, a man from Whitesboro is facing a DWI charge for a head-on collision he allegedly caused. He was traveling on Mohawk Street at around 3:57 p.m., during the daylight hours.

Symptoms that suggest underlying brain trauma

Were you recently involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York? Just coming out of a holiday season, traffic is still quite heavy on most days with people getting in the last of their scheduled parties or heading to department stores to return a few things. Then there's the usual commuter traffic, which you may be part of on a daily basis.

Whether you saw the potential danger but were unable to safely react quickly enough to avert collision or someone suddenly collided with your vehicle with no warning, you now likely carry memories of the moment of impact and those that followed. Have you had trouble sleeping since then? If so, you should know that it's a common after-effect of most car accidents. If you have developed other symptoms, however, you may be suffering from an injury you were not aware of when the accident first occurred.

The top 3 tips for new estate planning goals

Everyone needs an estate plan, whether you're a young 20-something-year-old or marching over the hill. Estate planning early in life is a good idea, but no matter how old you are, you always have the option to start.

There are many different tips for estate planning out there, but as someone new to the process, these three can be extremely beneficial for you.

How do the police recognize drunk driving?

One question many people have about DUIs or DWIs is how the police recognize a drunk driver. For the most part, people who are pulled over are pulled over because of their actions. They may be swerving in and out of traffic or speeding in a residential area. In some cases, they're driving so slowly that the officers have to stop them for their own safety.

The ways officers identify those who are intoxicated vary, but the truth is that anyone who is intoxicated gives off specific signs. Officers look for traffic violations such as:

  • Improper lane changes
  • Driving without headlights on
  • Speeding
  • Weaving
  • Erratic driving

Avoid driving while impaired with these tips

The New York State Police have an important role to play in road safety. By pulling over drivers and ticketing or arresting them, they're keeping other drivers safe from reckless or negligent individuals.

Mahopac is no stranger to crashes or injuries as a result of drunk drivers, so the New York State Police's job is just as vital there as anywhere else. Officers have been working hard to keep the roads safer throughout the state. With the number of holiday parties and events taking place in December, what people should focus on is how to get from one place to another safely.

Don't let holiday travel make you a statistic

Most highway safety studies show that fatal crashes occur most often during summer holidays, such as Memorial Day and Fourth of July. However, the days between Halloween and the New Year can be just as dangerous for travelers. While you can certainly do your part to keep yourself safe on the road, there is no guarantee that other drivers will be as cautious.

The holidays can be stressful and distracting without adding other hazards. Even crossing a parking lot may place you at risk. Whether your travel plans will take you outside the state of New York or just across town, your awareness of potential dangers can go a long way to preventing a holiday tragedy.

Not every theft is intentional: Fight back for your protection

Crimes aren't always violent. Sometimes, they're as simple as stealing a T-shirt from a local store. Regardless of the crime committed, there are steps that an attorney has to take to defend the accused. If you steal from another party and get caught, then you'll want to make sure your attorney knows the whole story.

There are some cases of theft that aren't really theft in the conventional sense. For example, if you and a friend are walking through a store and a friend hides a small accessory in the hood of your coat, getting into trouble for attempted theft would be a shock for you. If the store decides to press charges, you'd hope that the other person would admit to the crime. However, if not, then it is up to your attorney to help you prove that you didn't intentionally take the item you're being accused of stealing.

What are some important estate planning documents?

Estate planning is an important part of growing older. As you age, you collect more assets and become wealthier. As a result, you may have many assets by the time you reach retirement (or sooner).

Estate planning helps you decide what you want to do with those assets. Your estate plan will contain a number of important documents including:

  • Beneficiary designations
  • Guardianship designations
  • A letter of intent
  • A durable power of attorney
  • A will
  • Trusts
  • A health care power of attorney
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