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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?

How prevalent is drunk driving in Central New York?

Drunk driving happens all across the nation, but some areas have higher rates than others. As a whole, New York is doing well compared to the rest of the country. A 2017 report from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee reveals that the state ranks low in fatalities from driving while intoxicated.

However, upon closer look, the rates for Central New York are high. 

Ways a DWI can affect your life

A person arrested for DWI can expect serious consequences. In New York, most people will contend with some jail time or a large fine even for a first offense. Recently, New York State Police arrested a 63-year old woman for causing a car accident while intoxicated. 

Numerous consequences can occur as a result of a DWI conviction. Even after paying the fine, you may still feel the ramifications of your actions years down the road. That is why any New Yorker needs to fight DWI charges to avoid the following side effects. 

Important drug statistics from NIDA

You are probably well aware that using illegal drugs may cause health complications and legal repercussions. However, you may not fully understand the seriousness of the issue. One of the best ways to open your eyes to the deeper problems of substance abuse is knowing some trends and statistics. 

There is a wide variety of research data on drug usage. The National Institute on Drug Abuse collects findings to help educate the public on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. Here are some of the most compelling facts from the NIDA about illicit drug use.

Will the DMV add points to your record for a DWI conviction?

Perhaps you are a student at Syracuse University. You were driving home after a party, went through a stop sign and a law enforcement officer pulled you over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

What happens now in terms of penalties? Will the DMV add points to your record? The outcome of the traffic stop depends on a number of factors.

Are DWI checkpoints legal in New York?

Checkpoints are legal in the state of New York. While some people believe these checkpoints infringe on drivers' rights, courts have sided with the police in saying they are a necessary deterrent to prevent people from driving while intoxicated. They become far more prevalent during the holidays when people are more likely to drink and drive. 

It is vital for drivers to remain professional when going through one of these checkpoints. There are rules the police need to follow, so it is important to remember your rights.

What are signs an employee is embezzling?

If you own a business, you are responsible for a seemingly endless list of tasks and duties. It can be quite difficult to oversee every small detail of your business. Depending on the size of your company, you may have to delegate a lot of oversight to other employees.

Embezzlement is a serious problem many business owners face. When employees embezzle funds, they usually use telltale techniques an astute employer can pick up on if he or she is extra vigilant. By knowing some signs of employee embezzlement, you can protect your organization from this crime and take action in the unfortunate event it happens to you.

How to avoid police body camera mistakes

People across the nation debate the use of police body cameras. A body camera is a relatively new device in law enforcement's arsenal of tools. A police officer wears the small camera clipped to his or her uniform, helmet or safety glasses to record video and sound when necessary.

You may never meet an officer with a body camera, but you might want to read the body camera policies of the New York Police Department to understand your rights. A body camera need not be a threat to you unless you panic or give the officer any reason to detain you. To avoid mistakes, keep your actions neutral and adjust your behavior according to your surroundings.

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