New York Civil Rights And Criminal Defense Lawyers

Month: September 2019

Raise the Age legislation in final phase this September

People make mistakes. In fact, many people who are accused of crimes never planned to commit them. This is particularly true among minors. That's why New York has been addressing the problem of having young, impressionable people in its prison system. Now, starting at the end of September, 17-year-old offenders will no longer be put through the adult criminal justice system. This is the final phase of the state's Raise the Age legislation. To help address more serious offenses, a new Youth Part was added to the State Supreme Court to handle felony charges and family court. While this system...

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How soon can you drive after drinking?

With many holidays approaching, expect more parties and more alcoholic beverages, including festive drinks such as hard cider and spiked eggnog. Many people engage in these traditional parts of celebrating. What you cannot do following holiday fun is get behind the wheel after downing alcohol. Of course, it is inconvenient when you have places to go, so how long do you have to wait until it is safe to drive? Rate of metabolism A beginning reference point is a metabolism rate of one drink per hour, says the New York DMV. Therefore, the more drinks you have, the longer it takes for...

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What are 3 tips for better pedestrian safety in construction?

You live in New York, which means that you're likely to come across a construction zone at one time or another. It might be in the way on your morning commute or blocking the path to your favorite coffee shop. If you do need to be around a construction site, there are some safety tips you should remember as a pedestrian. Here are three that can help keep you safe. 1. Don't hang around in a construction zone The first tip is to make sure you move through the area quickly. Sometimes, younger teens and adults think it's fun to go into construction sites when workers aren't present. This is...

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