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October 2017 Archives

Penalties for a DWI under the age of 21

A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater is generally grounds for a Driving While Intoxicated charge in the state of New York. However, according to, that is not the case if the driver is under the legal age for drinking. When a driver is underage, which is anything younger than 21 years old, New York's Zero Tolerance Law kicks in. Under this law, driving with a BAC between the levels of 0.02 percent and 0.07 percent can also constitute a violation, and DWI charges may be brought.

Reviewing New York's lost property laws

Nearly everyone in Mineola has likely heard a story of someone finding something of value that has been lost in a place like a restaurant or a park. Such occurrences may be much more common than most believe. Research data shared by The New York Daily News shows that one in five Americans loses a personal item every week, with the average person losing up to $5,591 in belongings during his or her lifetime. The question is what obligations do those who find lost or mislaid items have in terms of returning them in order to avoid being accused of theft? 

Shoplifting electronics and expensive items can cost you

Shoplifting is made to look like a minor issue on television and in movies. Security guards often call spouses or parents, simply seeking payment for the items involved. In the real world, those accused of shoplifting could face very serious criminal charges. Perhaps a display item fell into a pocket or something costly was underneath your cart during checkout. It only takes a second to end up in legal trouble because of an honest mistake.

Violating a criminal court order of protection means more charges

There are times when a person charged in New York with a crime such as assault becomes the subject of a criminal court order of protection. This order may be necessary before the defendant secures bail or other release from custody pending his trial.

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