A low-carb diet may lead to DWI charges

If you are looking to drop a few pounds, you may be restricting your carbohydrate intake. After all, as Mayo Clinic research indicates, low-carb diets may lead to greater short-term weight loss than their low-fat counterparts. When on a carbohydrate-restricted diet, your body metabolizes fat differently. This metabolic change causes the production of acetone, which you may…
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Do you have a right to record officers?

It is not unusual these days to see online videos of law enforcement recorded by someone stopped by them or by a bystander watching an interaction unfold. While often the recording shows nefarious acts by these officers, sometimes, they show acts of kindness. Obviously, if nothing of note happens when someone records a video, they…
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Types of theft crimes in New York

New York law defines larceny as depriving another of his or her property for personal gain. The state differentiates between petit larceny, which is a misdemeanor offense, and grand larceny, a felony offense. Here is more information about shoplifting or theft charges in New York and how the state penalizes these crimes. Actions constituting larceny…
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What to do when stopped by officers

Whether you have done anything wrong or not, dealing with law enforcement is always a stressful situation. If you have past experiences, they may impact how you feel about officers and possibly influence future experiences with them. It is important that regardless of how you feel, you should calmly approach any interaction with officers. The…
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Legal consequences for New York DUI

New York law mandates serious penalties for driving under the influence. Some motorists even receive jail time for the first DUI offense. If you face a DUI court date, understand the potential legal consequences of a conviction. New York DUI categories You can receive three different types of state DUI charges. A basic DUI consists…
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The two degrees of assault

On Dec. 19, 2019, a grand jury indicted a 25-year-old man with felony assault and attempted assault charges after he allegedly killed a Brooklyn man. The original charge was misdemeanor assault. However, the medical examiner determined the cause of death as a homicide. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office was able to upgrade the charges due…
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New law removes bail for many arrests

Many people feel that having to pay bail to get out of jail after an arrest is unfair. This impelled lawmakers in New York to create a new law that stops judges from issuing bail in the case of nonviolent offenders. According to The New York Times, this new law goes into effect with the…
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You can fight breathalyzer test results

Failing a breath test is not the final word in your drunk driving case. Police and prosecutors in Brooklyn rely on the machines for convictions. You can beat them.  Courts around the country are throwing out DUI/DWI charges. Judges are citing major problems with the machines and the people who operate them.  Problems with machines  Look…
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What is an order of protection?

In domestic violence cases, assault cases or even some divorce cases, one party may request an order of protection. Also known as a restraining order or no-contact order, this legal document outlines a behavior that the alleged abuser must cease. Typically, an order of protection requires the alleged abuser to stay away from the victim’s…
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Do you have to provide DNA when under arrest?

When an officer places you under arrest, you have certain rights granted by the U.S. Constitution that protect you against incriminating yourself or providing evidence that the prosecution could use against you in court. However, under New York law, officers can make you give a DNA sample when they arrest you for a crime deemed…
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