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Recent Posts in Criminal Penalties Category

  • Governor Cuomo Signs New DWI Law

    || 18-Dec-2015

    In New York State, repeat driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) offenders are most often penalized with the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID). An IID prevents the vehicle from being started by anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.08%. An audit that included people with multiple DWI convictions in the state between the years of 2012 and ...
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  • Do Judges Have to Warn About Deportation?

    || 24-Dec-2013

    Westchester County is a community with a higher concentration of immigrants than in other areas of the state. More than 24% of the population in Westchester were born in another country, compared with 22% in the rest of the state. In light of this, criminal defense attorneys throughout Westchester County have taken note of a recent ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals. As reported by ...
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  • Tougher DWI Laws for New York

    || 11-Dec-2013

    At the end of October, The Journal News reported on the fact that the DWI laws in New York are being updated to impose tougher penalties for those who are caught driving drunk in Westchester County and statewide. Specifically, a DWI law commonly referred to as "Leandra's Law" is being beefed up with a harsher possible sentence for a conviction for driving while intoxicated with a ...
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  • Lighter Sentences for Federal Drug Crimes?

    || 5-Nov-2013

    On August 9 th, Attorney General Eric Holder made an announcement that sent shockwaves through the legal community: Under his direction, the United States Department of Justice would be making a major shift in the way that it prosecutes federal drug crimes throughout the nation. In the 1980s, the Federal Government enacted a series of laws that imposed notoriously tough minimum mandatory ...
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