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Dealing with license suspension or revocation

A New York DWI conviction typically results in a period of license suspension or even permanent revocation. The specific restrictions depend on the level of the DWI, the number of previous offenses and whether aggravating factors were present.

Not having your license, even for a relatively short period of time, can affect your studies, work and daily life. Depending on the circumstances, you may have options to help you restore your license.

What is wire fraud?

Wire fraud is a charge that frequently appears in many types of federal fraud cases, on its own or in addition to other charges. The wire fraud statute forbids the use of interstate or international wire or electronic communications in the course of a fraudulent scheme.

In many cases, federal prosecutors use wire fraud charges as a catch-all in cases where they suspect but cannot prove other, more specific types of fraud. Like other federal fraud offenses, a wire fraud conviction can result in substantial penalties.

Could drug court help keep you out of jail?

Many people make an error in judgment that results in a drug-related criminal charge. They may have valid concerns about the potential repercussions they may face, and particularly if jail time is on the line. Depending on certain factors, such as whether they have an existing criminal history and the specifics and severity of the drug charge, they may be able to participate in a drug court program as opposed to serving time behind bars.

Drug courts, per the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, are closely supervised programs available to some drug offenders that typically involve regular drug tests and appearances before a judge. While not everyone is an appropriate candidate for drug court, statistics show that these programs offer very real benefits, and that they are far superior to many other programs in terms of forcing accountability and helping addicts free themselves from their habits for good.

Where do white-collar crimes tend to occur?

Virtually any business can be susceptible to white-collar crime. Of course, a lack of safeguards can make this type of crime easier to commit.

For instance, employees at any business could take advantage of inadequate accounting systems. Also, one common white-collar crime is money laundering, which individuals can carry out more easily through cash-intensive businesses. 

3 common white-collar crimes

When you think of the word "criminal," you might conjure up some stereotypes and misconceptions about what a criminal typically looks like. The truth is, there is no singular image of crime that applies generally. Many people who appear to be normal, average citizens or esteemed professionals can engage in criminal behavior. The prevalence of white-collar crime proves this to be true. 

White-collar crime takes many forms, and if you face such accusations, it is essential that you obtain a defense attorney who will clear your name and help you restore your life to normalcy. Do not underestimate the seriousness of white-collar criminal charges, including the following three common examples. 

Can you refuse to take a breath test in New York?

When police pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving, they will make a judgment on your impairment to justify an arrest. They may ask you to take a breathalyzer test at the scene or a chemical test at the station.

What should you do? Can you say no? If so, is it wise to refuse?

Mistakes to avoid during a DUI checkpoint/traffic stop

In an ideal world, anything you say and do at a DUI checkpoint or during a traffic stop would not have an impact on your case. In reality, things are not that simple. Law enforcement agencies in Syracuse and across the country routinely collect incriminating evidence from alleged offenders and hand it over to the prosecution all the time. If you ever find yourself dealing with law enforcement because they suspect you are operating your vehicle while impaired, you might want to be mindful of your words and actions. 

At the time of a DUI arrest, there may be many things going through your mind. You might feel like you are dreaming because your circumstances seem so farfetched that you are not sure of what to do. Here are a few mistakes you should try to avoid at all costs. 

Key facts about the ignition interlock device

When people drive under the influence of any substance, they put themselves and everyone around them in danger. For this reason, lawmakers are cracking down on those convicted of DUI charges; such parties face strong penalties, such as license suspension. 

However, mistakes happen, and those who truly learn from their wrongdoings may be able to gain back their driving privileges. In certain cases, an ignition interlock device is an integral part of the process.

Determining intent to distribute

Though some states have legalized the use of marijuana, not all have. When people are caught with marijuana and other illegal drugs, they may face serious drug charges

The penalties for such charges are quite strict and can have a major impact on the lives of those facing them, especially if they face charges for distribution. A few important elements help to determine possession with intent to distribute.

4 common white collar crimes

The term "white collar crime" generally refers to various nonviolent, commercial crimes that people commit for financial gain. Individuals usually commit these crimes to receive or avoid losing property, money or services. Most white collar crimes involve sophistication and deception. 

But with so many examples of white collar crimes out there, which ones are the most common? Here is a look at some of the most frequent white collar crimes. 

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