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When is a DWI a Felony in New York?

When is a DWI a Felony in New York?

A DWI can come with serious consequences, especially if you’re facing felony charges. While a first DWI is typically charged as a misdemeanor, there are certain situations in which an offense of driving under the influence can be a felony. For instance, if there are aggravating circumstances present, or you...

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Types of DWI Offenses in New York State 

Types of DWI Offenses in New York State 

Being charged with the offense of driving while intoxicated can be stressful and overwhelming. However, it’s important to understand that the consequences you may face can depend upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the DWI — and the specific offense with which you’ve been charged. Under New York...

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Understanding New York’s Ghost Gun Laws

Understanding New York’s Ghost Gun Laws

New York has some of the toughest firearms laws in the nation. While strict penalties are imposed for possessing an unregistered firearm, legislation was enacted in 2022 that strengthened the state’s laws regarding ghost guns. These types of guns are those that do not have serial numbers and typically...

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What is a Search Warrant? 

What is a Search Warrant? 

Most people are aware that the police are usually prohibited from searching a premises or person without a warrant under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A search warrant is a court order issued for the purpose of authorizing law enforcement to conduct a search of a designated person, place,...

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Is a Warrantless Search Ever Permissible?

Is a Warrantless Search Ever Permissible?

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from unlawful searches and seizures by law enforcement. As a general rule, before police can search your person, home, or vehicle, they must have probable cause for the search — and obtain a valid search warrant from the court. Failure to do...

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Can the Necessity Defense Be Used in DWI Cases in New York?

Can the Necessity Defense Be Used in DWI Cases in New York?

Driving under the influence is a very serious offense in New York that requires a skillful and strategic defense. Critically, one of the defenses that may be available to those who have been charged with the offense of driving under the influence is the “necessity defense.” This defense is available in very...

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What is Possession of a Controlled Substance?

What is Possession of a Controlled Substance?

Possession of a controlled substance is a serious crime in New York that can come with severe consequences. Many of these offenses are charged as felonies and can come with a lengthy prison term, steep fines, and long-term ramifications. Not only can a conviction affect your reputation and standing in the...

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What Defenses Can Be Used in a Drug Possession Case?

What Defenses Can Be Used in a Drug Possession Case?

If you face charges for possession of a controlled substance, it’s crucial to understand that an arrest does not mean a conviction. While this offense is taken very seriously in New York, there are several defense strategies that can be used to fight the charges against you — depending on the facts of the...

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Common Mistakes to Avoid Making in Your DWI Case

Common Mistakes to Avoid Making in Your DWI Case

A DWI is a serious matter in New York. While these situations can be stressful and overwhelming, many people are not sure what they should do or how they should proceed. Critically, there are certain mistakes that are commonly made which could impact your case and result in harsher penalties.  If you...

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