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The weighty consequences of a New York felony DWI conviction

We didn’t mince words when we stressed in a recent firm blog post that the downsides linked with a drunk driving conviction for a New York motorist can be “severe.”

In fact, we noted in our July 18 post entry at the Law Offices of Joshua D. Martin (in Carmel and White Plains, respectively) that, “A drunk driving conviction can change the direction of your life.”

New York drug possession consequences: variable and wide-ranging

Criminal charges linked with illegal drugs run a wide gamut in New York. Legions of defendants across the state face legal challenges relevant to simple possession of a relatively small amount of marijuana intended for personal use. Others face allegations tied to sale or distribution. At one extreme end of the charging spectrum reside charges related to trafficking of drugs like heroin, cocaine and opioids.

The point: Drug-related arrests and charges can yield vastly differing consequences from case to case. We duly stress that point on our website at the proven criminal defense Law Offices of Joshua D. Martin (with locations in both Carmel and White Plains).

Are you under investigation for embezzlement?

Your life may have drastically changed when you learned that authorities were investigating you on suspicion of embezzlement. You may never have expected your life to take such a serious turn as possibly facing criminal charges.

Because you undoubtedly want to make sure that you handle this type of ordeal in the best manner possible, you may want to learn as much as you can about the situation. Even if you have not yet had formal charges brought against you, just knowing that an investigation is underway gives you reason to understand your legal options.

A New York DWI charge: far from trivial consequences

Virtually any New York motorist facing a drunk driving charge knows that he or she faces notable challenges. Notwithstanding that realization, though, many individuals underestimate the sheer downsides of a DWI conviction in the state.

In a word, they can be severe. We candidly note at the proven New York criminal defense Law Offices of Joshua D. Martin that, “A conviction of drunk driving can change the direction of your life.”

How far can police go in conducting DNA searches?

If police have access to a powerful crime-solving tool, should they be allowed to use it with very few restrictions? Some might say yes. But what if this tool invaded the privacy of millions of Americans – not just those who may have committed a crime? The crime-solving tool at the heart of this debate is called genetic genealogy, and it was the subject of a recent New York Times piece.

Genetic genealogy starts with a DNA analysis of evidence left at the scene of a crime. Once the DNA has been sequenced, police run it through databases that were created to help people trace their family trees and genealogical histories. A suspect’s distant relative may pop up as a partial match, then police use family tree data to narrow down the family members who warrant further investigation (based on geographical location and other factors).

Protecting yourself from violations of your rights

Like most people in New York and across the country, you know you have rights, particularly when it comes to dealing with law enforcement. In fact, if you watch enough TV, you can probably recite the Miranda rights to remain silent and have an attorney. However, you may be like many who are not certain when someone is infringing on your constitutional rights, so when police confront you, you may be unsure how to behave.

It is true that most law enforcement officers will respect your rights and treat you with dignity. You want to be prepared, though, for the times when an officer is more concerned with making an arrest than with protecting and serving. In those moments, police may take advantage of the fact that most people do not know when someone is violating their rights.

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