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What type of damages can I get in a personal injury case?

New York law allows a person injured by someone else’s negligence to file a lawsuit and ask for damages.  But the type of damages that you can recover depends on how the injury affects your life. In a personal injury case, those damages are typically thought of in two ways: non-economic damages and economic damages.

FAQs New York Search Warrants

By Ralph Habib, Esq. Criminal Procedure Law Article 690 governs Search Warrants As Americans, we all have increased expectations of privacy in our homes.  Pursuant to the 4th Amendment, we are supposed to enjoy a life free from being subjected to unreasonable government searches and seizures.  A search warrant is an instrument used under specific circumstances by law enforcement to pierce the protection of these expectations.   How Are Search Warrants Granted and by Whom? A local criminal court may, upon an application of a police officer, or other designated law...

5 Points of Advice From a Deputy Sheriff With a Lawyer’s Perspective

Deputy Sheriff Michael Quigley of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department has given more tickets than any other person in the county over the last the years. He gives about 10 to 20 per day in the Syracuse-area, giving 67 in one 14-hour period.

Challenging the Evidence in DWI Cases

This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. Please call (315) 364-1155 or email us for a free consultation with Mr. Bruffett about your DWI case. I challenge the prosecution’s discovery practices and evidence in a DWI case early on, way before trial. I first try to bring any challenges to the DA because DA’s are busy; they have dozens of cases, and they rarely want to spend a lot of time and effort on a case...

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New York Highway Use Tax Violations

Carriers operating a commercial vehicle on New York public highways are subject to a New York Highway Use Tax Law. This law requires that vehicles have a Highway Use Tax (HUT) decal indicating compliance with the law. Failing to have this decal creates a presumption that the vehicle is not in compliance with the law. Violations of Section 1815 are punishable as follows: First conviction: Fine between $100 and $250 Second and subsequent convictions: Fine between $250 and $500, or jail for up to 10 days A driver may also be deemed to violate Section 1815 if the driver: Operates a...

Delaware Drivers: Impact of New York Traffic Convictions

If you receive a traffic conviction in New York State, Delaware will be notified of the offense as both states are members of the Driver License Compact. Once notified, Delaware may record the conviction and assess points against your Delaware license according to Delaware’s point system. If the New York ticket carries 6 or more points, in addition to the court fine, the New York DMV will impose an additional fine called a Driver Responsibility Assessment. To avoid points, fines, and potential insurance premium increases please call (315) 364-1155 to discuss your New York traffic...

Settlement Options Available to DWI Clients: Ignition Interlock Device Issues

This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. The negotiation process in a DWI case generally includes an effort to reduce the charges to something less serious. For instance, if my client is a first time offender with a BAC under .13, a common result is getting the charges reduced to Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) with a fine of $500 and a surcharge of $260. The sentence is generally a conditional discharge with an instruction to...

4 Basics of the Fourth Amendment’s Exclusionary Rule

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the vast body of search and seizure law is important in criminal defense generally, and in drug cases in particular. As attorneys, we always pay close attention to the manner in which evidence against our clients was obtained.  Because search and seizure law is so complex, we only touch on the major points in this  article. Please feel free to call us at (315) 364-1155 if you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge that might involve search and seizure issues. Case consultations are free.   I. The Exclusionary...

Attacking Key Evidence at DWI Trials

This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. Please call (315) 364-1155 or email us for a free consultation with Mr. Bruffett about your DWI case. Sources of Prosecution Evidence in DWI Case The arresting officer’s testimony is a key component of the evidence typically presented at a DWI trial, along with any dash cam evidence and field and/or chemical test results. If all of that evidence is not in place the...

Deciding to Consent to Field Sobriety Testing

This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. Please call (315) 364-1155 or email us for a free consultation with Mr. Bruffett about your DWI case. You do not necessarily have to consent to take the field sobriety tests in New York State; that decision is completely up to the driver. However, I generally tell my clients that if they do not cooperate they are essentially giving the officers a valid, reasonable suspicion...





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