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Are You Prepared For The Consequences of a DWI? As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I notice the summer brings with it an increase in consultations.  This makes sense; the warmer weather brings people out more frequently and for longer hours.  All of the barbeques and beach trips also mean there is more traveling,…

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Raise the Age Offenses of Minors Becomes Effective in 2018 As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I see a lot of younger offenders whose parents are anxious about the potential consequences to their children.  Often the matters are minor, such as shoplifting, but I have also dealt with teenagers accused of committing more serious…

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Bet you didn’t know that DWI could cost you up to $7,500 As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I am often asked about Driving While Intoxicated (“DWI”) cases.  Hudson Valley residents have an array of questions regarding DWI that they can’t wait to pose to an attorney.  The questions include those about whether to…

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Should Convictions and Arrests be Reported on Job Applications? As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I frequently am asked about whether convictions and arrests must be reported on job applications or, for those already employed, whether they must be reported to their employer. Getting into legal trouble is unfortunately easier than one might think….

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Don’t Drink and Drive Tips this July 4th Holiday and Crackdown Dates Several years ago the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends” to better coordinate and promote county efforts to achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities.  The Association has found that when there is visible and reported heightened watch; drivers…

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Avoid a DWI:  How much alcohol is too much? Several years ago the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends” to better coordinate and promote county efforts to achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities.  The Association has found that when there is visible and reported heightened watch; drivers are less…

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Sanctuary Cities and Jurisdictions What is a sanctuary jurisdiction? There is no legal definition, but a sanctuary city or jurisdiction is generally a municipality that either refuses to implement federal immigration law or limits local law enforcement’s implementation of federal immigration law and cooperation with federal immigration agencies.  Some sanctuary jurisdictions have made verbal promises…

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Should You Submit to a Breathalyzer? As a Hudson Valley DWI defense attorney, I am often asked whether one should submit to a chemical test – commonly known as a “breathalyzer”- when they have been arrested on suspicion of DWI (“Driving While Intoxicated”).  Unfortunately, there is no simple, “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question.  The answer…

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Welcome to the Immigration Channel with Jennifer S. Echevarria.  Jennifer is an associate attorney at J&G who concentrates on immigration and employment law. She is fluent in Spanish and will be providing frequent updates on immigration legistation and Presidential Executive Orders to keep the Spanish-speaking community aware.  Many updates can be found in both Spanish and…

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York Now that we have entered 2017, there are six different hourly new minimum wages in effect in New York State. The one applicable to you, as an employer or an employee, depends on the location and size of the employer. As defined by this chart from the New…

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