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Drug possession is no minor crime in New York

Drug possession charges are more complicated than simply having drugs in your pocket when police search you. In fact, defending yourself against possession charges includes examining the events that happen before and during the search. There are many other factors to consider, such as the kind and amount of drugs police claim to have found on you, in your vehicle or in your home.

Whether police stopped you on the street, searched you during a routine traffic stop or served a warrant to search your home, if they found drugs, your situation suddenly became even more serious. A conviction for drug possession could mean serious penalties. New York has some of the harshest laws for fighting drug crimes. Because the circumstances can become quite complex, you would be wise to seek legal counsel as quickly as possible to help you build a strong defense.

What happens after an arrest for drunk driving?

An arrest for drunk driving is frightening and overwhelming, no matter if it's your first offense or you have previous convictions on your criminal record. This type of crime can have a significant effect on your future, and you would benefit from building a strong defense strategy. One of the first things that you will want to do, however, is learn more about what you can expect from this process.

Several things will happen after an arrest for drunk driving in New York, including being taken to jail and booked. This does not mean that a conviction is certain, but you will want to learn more about how you can get out as soon as possible. At any point after an arrest for DWI, you will find it beneficial to seek defense help so you can start fighting the charges against you.

Are you the subject of a health care fraud investigation?

As someone who works in the health care industry, you face a lot of pressure and responsibility. You undoubtedly want to make sure that you treat your patients fairly and correctly, but you also know that any suspicion of wrongdoing could quickly fall back on you. Though problems with medical malpractice claims may first come to mind with this type of issue, you could also stand accused of health care fraud in some cases.

You may want to remember that you are not guilty just because you come under suspicion. However, it is wise to start trying to understand your legal options if an investigation into your actions begins. Preparing ahead of time may allow you to feel more at ease in the event that authorities do charge you with this white-collar crime.

Can someone be addicted to stealing?

No one wants to have their belongings stolen. In some cases, thieves don’t want to steal. There may be a number of reasons why a person turns to theft—including a compulsive disorder.

Some people are career criminals that choose theft in order to make money or for other personal gain. But some people who steal have a disorder, called Kleptomania, that makes them feel compelled to take things.

Emotional factors that will affect your blood alcohol content

As a species with a lot going on in their lives, people are emotional roller coasters. We have highs and lows, sometimes we’re sick, sometimes we’re fed up and other times we’re lonely. Sometimes, we’re just tired.

From illness to mood swings, hormones and sleep schedules; different emotions lead to different reactions when ingesting alcohol.

What do burglars look for when robbing homes?

Most people look forward to the summer time, when the sunshine and days last a little longer. Homeowners may use this time to open their windows and get some fresh air. Unfortunately, those with the intent to rob others, also look forward to the summer time. Because this is when homeowners may be less agile with locking up and putting everything away.


Do video conference hearings infringe on your rights?

One of the core pieces of the justice system is your right to due process. Things like hearings and trials allow you to have your day in court. Courts across the country, including New York, have used video conferencing technology to make the process more efficient for the courts for decades.

Besides enhanced efficiency, proponents of the video technology cited better protection from safety and health threats as additional reasons for its use. As you might expect, there have been drawbacks to the use of video conferencing in hearings. Some of the issues include:

Gambling addiction leads to embezzlement charges

Barbara Gannon was the director of Grand Island’s Golden Age Center. People trusted her with the senior center’s operations, including the money. Unfortunately, Ms. Gannon was addicted to casino gambling. From 2011 to 2017, she embezzled $110,671 from the center. An accountant finally discovered the theft when Ms. Gannon retired in 2017. She pled guilty in Erie County Court in February and could face up to 15 years in prison.


What are my rights during a traffic stop?

Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, a police traffic stop can be a nerve-wracking experience. Fear and apprehension are normal feelings when interacting with police in a tense situation.

But knowing your civil rights and putting them to practice can keep your mind at ease and make the stop go as smoothly as possible

Largest seizure of fentanyl in history made at US border

US Customs and Border Patrol recently discovered about 254 pounds of fentanyl with a value of around $3.5 million dollars in what was the largest seizure of the substance in US history.

Concealed in a tractor-trailer at the Nogales port of the US-Mexico border, officers also found nearly 395 pounds of meth alongside the fentanyl. Now, state officials are being urged to educate people on the dangers of these increasingly popular drugs.


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