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Raise the Age Offenses of Minors Now Effective  Parents in the Hudson Valley need to know about an important change to the way New York’s criminal justice system treats young people charged with a crime.  Last year, New York enacted what is commonly known as the “Raise the Age Law.”  It went into effect on…

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In New York State, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is not taken lightly. A person will be charged with a DWI for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or more. For someone arrested for DWI, the experience can feel dehumanizing and terrifying. Understanding the steps involved can help make the process a little…

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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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What To Do If You Are Arrested As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, people often ask me exactly what they should do if they are questioned by the police or are arrested.  People also often have questions about friends’ encounters with the police.  They are often surprised when I tell them that based on…

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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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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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