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What can you expect regarding license suspension for DWI?

If you are a resident of Syracuse or a neighboring area, an arrest for drunk driving will include the loss of your driving privileges.

When will this happen? How can you get your driver’s license back? How will you get around in the meantime?

How do people get involved in white-collar crime?

Society may have a stereotype in mind when it comes to a white-collar criminal. Likely the image is of a middle-aged white male in a high-ranking position greedily stealing hundreds of thousands to fund his lavish lifestyle. While this certainly is a common story, it is not the full picture.

Many people get caught up in white-collar crimes unintentionally. How do everyday employees find themselves involved in theft and facing criminal charges?

What are signs that an employee is embezzling?

As an employer, you must be meticulous in your hiring. If you bring on the wrong person, you may have someone on your team who embezzles company funds. Your employees should be productive, lawful and beneficial to your business. Anyone you entrust to manage or monitor funds should be reliable. 

But, of course, not all employee theft is obvious. Sometimes, even a seemingly trustworthy employee can commit embezzlement. Here are some warning signs that one of your employees may be embezzling money.

Leandra’s Law, NSC and MADD drunk driving views, and the IID

Some experts, including those at the National Safety Council and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, believe not enough is happening to stop drunk driving.

The state of New York has passed stringent legislation, such as Leandra’s Law, to keep drunk drivers off the road. Among the penalties for DWI is installation of an ignition interlock device.

Can you lose financial assistance from a DWI?

Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated can lead to disastrous consequences. Recently, an Auburn man drove drunk and took his vehicle off the road. The man survived the crash, but police arrested him for DWI

In addition to fines and jail time, a DWI conviction can lead to consequences that follow individuals for the rest of their life. Students have the risk of losing academic scholarships. Each scholarship has its own rules, but students can lose the one way to pay for a college education due to one mistake. 

3 popular drugs on college campuses

College is an exciting and overwhelming time for young adults. It is an experience that provides students with many opportunities for discovery and exploration. For many young adults, it is the first foray into adulthood. With this newfound independence and freedom, experimentation with drugs may take place. 

It is no surprise that college is a time during which many young adults use, misuse and abuse drugs and alcohol. This behavior can come with a variety of health risks, educational repercussions and criminal punishments. Here is a list of the most commonly used and abused drugs on college campuses. 

4 reasons breathalyzer tests give false-positive readings

Few things can ruin an otherwise fun night on the town faster than flashing lights in your rearview mirror. If officers suspect you are over New York’s legal limit for blood alcohol concentration, 0.08 percent, they may ask you to take a roadside breathalyzer test. If the test confirms officers’ suspicions, you may find yourself in a jail cell. 

Like all machines, breathalyzer tests are not perfect. If you think the test you took gave a false-positive reading, attacking its validity may be an effective strategy for avoiding serious legal consequences. Here are four reasons breathalyzer tests may issue a false positive: 

Your student record after a disciplinary hearing

A college student record follows the student for the term of his or her academic career. In some cases, it may also have an effect on the student's career opportunities. As such, it is important for students to be aware of what is on their records.

disciplinary hearing can definitely raise some concerns in regard to a student record. There are a few key things to understand.

How to keep police officers from searching your car

Whether you are 16 or 66, interacting with law enforcement officials can be extraordinarily intimidating. If officers think you have committed a crime, a stop can be downright scary. Still, how you behave when officers pull you over may influence the criminal consequences you face. 

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. In most cases, officers must obtain a warrant before they search your property, take your belongings or arrest you. There are exceptions to this rule, however. Importantly, when driving a vehicle, officers only need probable cause to search your car. Here are four ways to keep police officers from searching your vehicle: 

The outcome of a DWI case could hang on breathalyzer error

An unexpected incident involving expired breathalyzers and the Philadelphia Police Department caused instant concern about the outcome of hundreds of drunk driving cases.

An alert attorney brought the matter to light. Could this kind of problem happen in Syracuse?

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