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New York man dropping off children at school charged with DWI

Anyone who has school-aged children likely knows of the difficulties associated with getting them ready and off to school in the mornings. Unfortunately, a recent school drop-off for a man and his two daughters in New York resulted in criminal charges. Police say that the man has been charged with DWI, driving while intoxicated.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened at a school at approximately 9 a.m. on a day in early October. A staff member at the school reportedly notified a school resource officer that a man, who dropped off his two daughters, seemed to be under the influence of alcohol. The officer stopped the man before he left the parking lot.

New York man accused of murder after suspected burglar dies

Most people likely have no idea how they would react if they were faced with a home intruder. However, the urge to protect self and property is likely an understandable one. Despite this, a man in New York faces a murder charge after an alleged confrontation with a man that reports indicate may have been trying to rob his home.

According to reports, the incident happened during the late night hours of a day in September. The wife of the man now charged reports that she and her husband were in bed when she heard someone on their property, "prowling around." She says that she went downstairs and saw someone in her backyard; she ordered the person to leave, then called the police.

Steps to take if pulled over for DWI in New York

Drunk driving accidents account for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. That stat alone may lead some to think twice before drinking and driving, but many continue to do it anyway.

Laws for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be harsh in New York and are set up to punish people who put themselves and others at risk by driving drunk. However, the rights of many people stopped under suspicion of DWI can often be violated by officers.

The 3 categories of theft, depending on severity

Standing accused of any type of crime can turn your life upside down. A number of scenarios could lead to criminal charges coming against you, and from the start, it is important for you to gain as much information as possible about the charges themselves and your options for addressing them.

If someone accuses you of taking his or her property without the intention of returning it, it is likely that the person is accusing you of theft. However, if criminal charges come against you as a result of the accusations, the charges will fall into a specific category of theft.

Man faces DWI in fatal New York accident

Most every driver in New York has had a moment when their tires momentarily leave the road. While this is often innocuous, it can cause some drivers to panic and overcorrect. However, depending on the time of day and age of the driver, police may be quick to assume that an accident that follows such a scenario is related to DWI.

Unfortunately, police have accused a 26-year-old male driver of causing a fatal accident while he was intoxicated. The incident reportedly happened just after 6:30 a.m. on a day in late August. According to reports, the driver's vehicle went off the road at an intersection. His vehicle then, police say, crossed a "median/pedestrian area" in the center of the road.

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).

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