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DWI consequences involve more than just fines or jail

In order to reduce the risks associated with intoxicated drivers, New York has implemented severe penalties for those charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses. Repeat offenders, especially, face harsh consequences, even if no one was hurt as a result of the alleged drunk driving. The higher your blood alcohol content (BAC), the stiffer the […]

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Can you refuse to take a breath test in New York?

New York has taken steps over the years to crack down on drunk driving. Harsh penalties are a means of deterring potential offenders. Unfortunately, innocent people also get caught up in drunk driving suppression efforts. Whether it’s getting home late when you have a babysitter because of a road block or facing unfounded criminal charges, […]

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What you need to know about Buffalo-area sobriety checkpoints

Police in most states, including New York, use sobriety checkpoints to discourage drunk driving. Police at checkpoints randomly stop drivers and look for signs of impaired driving. The checkpoints typically are used around holidays on routes that have a higher-than-normal rate of DWI arrests or DWI-related crashes. Many people question the constitutionality of sobriety checkpoints, […]

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Study: Hiring a DWI lawyer pays for itself in lower insurance

A New York DWI can be costly. Besides the potential jail time and driver’s license suspension, a conviction means a substantial fine, even for a first offense. Next, tack on the mandatory surcharge and crime victims’ assistance fee. You could also be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device — at your own […]

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Buffalo sued for locating its roadblocks in communities of color

Since at least 2013, the city of Buffalo has been running crime control roadblocks on a near-daily basis. These roadblocks require every passing motorist, or a randomly selected group, to stop and be inspected for criminal activity. That activity ranges from having improperly tinted windows to driving while impaired. The roadblocks are a major hassle […]

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DWI Archives: Could there be more alcohol ignition interlocks for motorcycles?

One of the most useful pieces of technology in the fight against drunken driving is the interlock ignition device. The technology is fairly new, but you have probably heard of them: These devices are breathalyzers that are installed in the automobiles of people who have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. If […]

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Study: Black & Latino drivers more likely to be searched

People of color have long suspected they were under increased scrutiny by police, and a recent Stanford University study confirms that black and Latino drivers are searched during traffic stops at a higher rate than whites. This was true despite the fact that Latinos are statistically less likely than whites to be pulled over in […]

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To end epidemic, Sessions seeks culture ‘hostile to drug use’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to be calling for an overall crackdown on drug use in the United States, viewing it as the best way to reduce deaths from opioid overdoses. Speaking before the annual meeting of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Sessions said that 2016 saw the highest number of drug overdose […]

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Criminal Defense Archives: Supreme Court to hear case involving search for stolen motorcycle

If you look under a tarp for what appears to be a motorcycle, have you searched the motorcycle? Or have you searched the tarp? That question may be central to the appeal of a warrantless search meant to find a motorcycle that had been stolen years earlier from New York. Police in Virginia apparently spent […]

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