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Don't let drunk driving charges ruin your life

There are a lot of ways to ruin perfectly fine evenings out in New York, with friends. One is to get pulled over by police on your way home on suspicion of drunk driving. Since, as the saying goes, anything you say or do could be used against you in court, it's really important to make informed, thought-out decisions when answering any questions a police officer at the scene of a traffic stop may ask you. 

Beyond providing appropriate documentation for personal identification information or vehicle identification, registration and insurance inquiries, you do not have to say anything. If the circumstances are such that an arrest appears certain, it may make sense to politely decline to answer questions and indicate that you'd like to consult legal counsel. One of the most beneficial services an experienced defense attorney can provide is to protect your rights. That process can begin even before any charges have been filed. 

Man in New York facing drug charges after police raid his home

A 21-year-old man in New York may have his work cut out for him if he hopes to avoid conviction following a recent raid at his home. Police showed up at the residence with a search warrant. After rummaging through the man's residence, he was arrested and will now face several drug charges in court.

A particular outcome can never be presumed when it comes to defendants facing drug charges in court. There are often various defense strategies that can help preserve a person's freedom. For instance, in this instance, one of the items police are said to have seized to help build prosecutors' case against the man happens to have been Adderall. This happens to be a medication that is often prescribed to treat narcolepsy or Attention Deficit Disorder.

New law allows for sealing of old criminal offense records

A hopeful law went into effect in New York State on Oct.7. It allows for the sealing of criminal conviction records in specified circumstances. Both private attorneys and public defenders can file the paper work on behalf of clients. The conviction for a criminal offense must be at least 10 years old. Some types of offenses are automatically prohibited from relief.

In addition, relief is limited to persons who have no more than two misdemeanors or one felony conviction. Experts estimate that there may be over 600,000 people who are potentially eligible for relief. The program has, however, been getting off to a slow start with only four people in the state having had cases sealed thus far under the new law.

Search of apartment results in drug charges for 3 in New York

Law enforcement agencies across the nation employ a variety of tactics in the pursuit of stemming the flow of drug activity. In some cases, these investigations may culminate in the search of a home, and if illegal narcotics are found, those who reside within could be left facing criminal charges. Three men have reportedly been arrested and are facing drug charges following the recent search of an apartment in New York.

According to authorities, the incident was part of a recent investigation into the presence of drug activity in the area. On a recent Friday, police assert that a warrant was executed at a nearby apartment complex. During the search, they claim to have uncovered various types and amounts of narcotics, including several grams of heroin and cocaine, along with drug paraphernalia and a large sum of cash.

1 facing drunk driving charges after crash at construction site

Being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol can be a stressful and intimidating experience. A conviction for similar charges carries serious consequences, which may only become more severe should an accident occur, especially if another party suffers injuries in the process. A 28-year-old man is facing several charges after he was recently arrested and accused of drunk driving following an accident involving a construction worker in New York.

According to reports, the incident took place just before 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning when a driver allegedly crashed into a construction site and hit a nearby worker. Police assert that his vehicle proceeded to flip into trench where others were operating on a water main. The worker reportedly suffered two broken legs in the collision and was rushed to a medical facility for treatment soon thereafter.

Traffic stop leads to multiple drug charges for 1 in New York

In many cases, a routine traffic stop may involve little more than a warning or a small monetary fine. In others, the consequences could be significantly more severe, especially if authorities suspect the driver of involvement in drug-related activity. A 28-year-old man is currently facing numerous drug charges after he was recently arrested during a traffic stop in New York.

According to reports, authorities initiated the traffic stop just after 3:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning after allegedly coming upon a vehicle that was exceeding the speed limit. Upon approaching the driver, they claim to have discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol, which led to a search of the vehicle. During the search, officers allegedly uncovered the presence of over 2 grams of cocaine.

Hit-and-run collision leads to drunk driving charges for 1 man

A 62-year-old man has recently been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a recent motor vehicle accident in New York in which he allegedly fled the scene. Leaving the scene of a collision is never advisable, and may only increase suspicion of wrong-doing among investigating officers. Individuals who are accused of drunk driving under similar circumstances may find it beneficial to seek guidance as soon as charges are filed.

According to reports, police responded to reports of a hit-and-run accident on a recent Friday. The nature of the accident was not provided, but they were able to locate a man whom they believe was the responsible party shortly thereafter. Upon approaching the man, they claim to have smelled the odor of alcohol on his breath, and after allegedly failing field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody.

Armed robbery leads to drug charges for victim in New York

When an individual is the victim of a robbery, he or she may choose to notify authorities and file a report. However, should a subsequent investigation uncover the presence of drugs, a person could go from being a victim to a suspect. A 19-year-old man in New York has recently been arrested on drug charges after he filed a complaint about an armed robbery.

According to authorities, the man placed a call to notify them that he had been the victim of an armed robbery. Upon arriving at the scene, they allegedly discovered the man had planned to sell illegal drugs to the suspect, which led to a search of his residence. They claim that the search unearthed the presence of various types and amounts of drugs, including LSD and marijuana.

1 accused of drunk driving and endangering the safety of minors

The penalties for a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol are serious, and may only grow in severity if children are involved. Those who are accused of drunk driving under similar circumstances may wish to protect themselves by challenging the charges, but they might be uncertain where to turn for help. A 48-year-old woman in New York is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated with five passengers in the vehicle, three of whom were minors.

Authorities claim to have initiated a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday after spotting a vehicle that was not staying in its lane. Upon approaching the driver, they assert that she appeared to be intoxicated, and she was taken into custody following the incident. According to reports, the three minors were released to their father soon thereafter.

Investigation leads to numerous drug charges for 1 in New York

Being the subject of a drug-related investigation can be a stressful and daunting process. Those who face drug charges under similar circumstances could be uncertain how to proceed, potentially prompting a need to seek guidance moving forward. A 46-year-old man has recently been arrested and accused of multiple drug crimes following a recent investigation that is said to have taken place in New York.

According to authorities, the man had been the subject of an ongoing investigation and was taken into custody after being located around 2 p.m. on a recent Monday. They claim his arrest was in relation to outstanding charges, and that a search of his home was initiated shortly thereafter. The search allegedly uncovered the presence of numerous types and amounts of narcotics, including cocaine and LSD, along with an unspecified amount of cash.