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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. 

What should I say if police ask to search my car?

Many people in the Syracuse area believe they must allow law enforcement to search their cars when asked. You, however, might believe they only need a warrant to legally search your vehicle. You should think carefully about what you say to the police. Giving them permission to search your vehicle during a traffic stop when it is not necessary could lead to criminal charges

DWI and the driver's license points system in New York

DWI comes with many penalties, such as high fees, jail time and the loss of your driver's license, which is one many people overlook, not realizing the long-term effects of a drunk driving conviction. Without a license, you may have trouble getting to work, school and other such places, or spend a lot of time and money on public transportation and car sharing services.

Know your rights and what to expect at DWI checkpoints

If you tend to have a few drinks with some friends and drive a short while afterward in New York, it is important for you to know your rights at DWI checkpoints. If you do not learn them, you could find yourself with a DWI charge and the significant consequences that result.

New York’s drug offenders need treatment, not incarceration

If you are like many of New York’s drug offenders facing criminal charges, the charges may have arisen because of your addiction itself, not because you are prone to engaging in illicit or criminal activity. Recognizing that many drug offenders commit crimes in an effort to feed their addictions, many states have enacted drug court programs, which aim not only to hold criminal offenders accountable but to also treat the underlying problem of the addiction.

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