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Understanding burglary, theft and robbery

In conversation, many people use the terms theft, robbery and burglary to refer to some form of stealing. However, in the eyes of the law, and specifically the eyes of a judge considering charges, these are all very different terms with important distinctions among them.

Suspended license v. revoked license: what is the difference?

If you have been charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated in New York City, you are facing a very real possibility that your ability to drive will be taken away from you. If you are convicted, your driver license may be suspended or, if you are a repeat offender, possibly revoked. Here is what you need to know about the difference between the two.

The basics of drunk driving charges

Drunk driving is an issue that affects countless drivers in the United States, especially in the most populous city in the country. New York City drunk driving charges are a serious matter, as such reckless driving inevitably places the driver, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians in immense danger. It is important to know the legal consequences of both DUI and DWI charges so necessary steps are taken to help relieve all parties involved.

Drugged driving vs drunk driving

Most in New York City would likely think twice before getting behind the wheel after a long night of drinking. Yet what about after having taken a medication for back pain, or a pin reliever to combat a headache? It may be assumed that drugged driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Statistics seem to show that it may be almost as prevalent, as well. Information shared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that as recently as 2014, 10 million American adults and teens admitted to having driven under the influence of illicit drugs.

Defend your rights against domestic violence charges

If you recently received domestic violence charges, your next few steps are very important. Until you're the one facing such charges, you may hold broad assumptions about anyone who gets accused of domestic violence. Then again, when the charges hang around your own neck, you may suddenly realize that there is a great deal of room for nuance and misunderstanding when law enforcement hands out domestic violence charges.

What should you do with lost property?

Imagine walking down any one of New York City’s streets and finding a jacket or scarf on the ground, or sitting down to eat at one of the city’s restaurants and noticing that a tablet or smartphone has been left on the table. Are you entitled to keep it? If you do, and the actual owner later finds you, could you be accused of theft? The answer depends on how you handle the situation.

Good faith vs fraud

The term “white collar crime” actually describes a wide range of criminal offenses. Ultimately, however, they all describe the same general type of activity: one engaging in deceptive practices for financial gain. Given the amount of money that may be at stake in professional transactions, it may be easy to understand why stakeholders may be so quick to accuse one of wrongdoing when a deal fails. Yet as we here at the office of Neil S. Ruskin can attest to, not every failed venture is due to deception. Thus, the potential of being accused of a white collar crime should not dissuade you from doing business.

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