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Are you a new professional driver or trucker? Watch for drowsy driving

Professional drivers are the backbone of American commerce. The job however, holds some particular risks especially for the new professional driver. Learn more about drowsy driving.

People v. Mothersell, All-Persons-Present Search Warrant Invalid, Ct. Apls. 4-1-2010

On April 1, 2010 the Court Appeals decided the case of People v. Mothersell and dismissed an indictment based on evidence seized during the execution of a warrant that claimed the authority to search all persons present. The Court stated there was a "possibility of a valid any-person-present warrant, it does not appear that this Court has ever actually sustained such an instrument. While such a case may well come before us, it is not this one." (Slip Op. pg 4.)

Some Causes of New York Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Suspension

A non - CDL driver will have their driving privilege suspended if they accumulate more than 11 points or have 3 speeding convictions in any 18 months period. New York has more strict suspension rules for drivers holding a Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL”). The New York DMV will suspend a CDL for 60 days if the CDL holder is convicted of two “serious traffic violations” committed within a three year period arising from separate incidents regardless of whether the convictions occurred in New York State or outside of the state. The suspension period will be 120 days for three “serious...

What is the Second Page that the Officer Gave me with My Ticket?

If you received a second page attached to your uniform traffic ticket, it is likely a Supporting Deposition / CPL 710.30 Notice. This second page combines the Supporting Deposition, at the top of the page, with an NYS Criminal Procedure Law 710.30 notice, at the bottom of the page. The NYS CPL 710.30 notice makes you aware of any statement that the People intend to use against you. If you made any statements to the officer, that they intend to use against you when prosecuting your case, those statements will be provided at the bottom of the supporting deposition. What is a Supporting...

What are Traffic Infractions as Opposed to Misdemeanors?

"Traffic Infraction is defined by the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 155.  A traffic infraction is not a crime. If you are charged with a traffic infraction, as opposed to misdemeanor or felony, it means that you do not have to appear in court and you may answer the ticket by mail.  That answer may be "guilty" or "not guilty." We strongly advise against pleading guilty without first seeking a reduction. A misdemeanor, on the other hand, is a classified as a crime and requires a physical appearance in court for an arraignment. Misdemeanors also...

Plea Bargaining and Fines for Common Reductions

Plea Bargaining for a Reduction The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets, that drivers do not plead guilty to, are resolved through plea bargaining. Plea bargaining occurs with the prosecutor whereby the prosecutor makes an offer to the driver to plead guilty to a reduced charge.  The reason the prosecutor makes these offers is to resolve the case. Otherwise the prosecutors would have to have a trial for every ticket. The prosecutor also seeks to serve the interests of justice. The amount of the reduction is a matter for argument.  For example, a driver is charged with...

Fines for §1225-c2 - Use of Mobile Phones

This charge is for talking on your phone while driving. This post lists the fines and consequences of a conviction that the ticket does not tell you.

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Fines for §1180(f) - Speeding in a Construction Zone

Your ticket for speeding a construction zone does not state the fine or consequences of a conviction. This post does.

Fines for §1180(b) and §1180(d) - Most Common Speeding Charges

This post lists the fines and consequences of convictions for the most common types of speeding tickets.

Fines for §1180(c) - Speeding in a School Zone

Speeding in a school zone can be a sensitive issue for prosecutors and judges. Read this post to learn the fines and consequences of the school zone speeding ticket.





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Multiple times working with David and Seth

Without being too specific regarding my actual cases I'd like to tell anyone out there that David and Seth are both amazing lawyers who care about their clients. They have both gone to bat for myself and my now wife...multiple times, with more than expected results each and every time. Again, without being too open about matters, we all make mistakes, when I was younger I had the unfortunate experience of receiving a DWI, David handled my case, in the end, though a hefty fine, which you would expect, it was dismissed, the court at that time didn't even know how to handle it because it had never been done before. Again, unfortunate, an assault charge due to a bar fight involving the woman who is now my wife, Seth handled this and the result was an ACD. I have also referred someone close to David due to them receiving a DWI...a third DWI, involving an accident, again David got results that were outstanding. Fast-forwarding many years, David has still made himself available to me when called on. I have recently asked for a personal letter to a judge regarding a character reference and again, David has pulled through, made himself available and assisted me. I can't say more about David and Seth, they're two very well known, very smart, very capable lawyers who have helped me through some rather dark times, sometimes I wonder how I don't have a record, it's because of these two guys. Would never recommend anyone else.

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Fantastic firm! I was traveling 3 hours away when I got a ticket and Azria & Bruffett took care of everything! I only had to answer a few emails! They were in constant contact with me throughout the entire process and got my ticket reduced to no points. I give them the highest recommendation!

Courteous, professional, and gets results

Ralph and his very capable staff brought what could have been a disastrous speeding ticket-and-point incident down to a parking violation with no points. From start to finish, his office handled everything and came through for me. I hope I don't need him again -- but if I do, I will hire him without hesitation!

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