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Here are a few of the Frequently asked questions about NY criminal laws and legal defense that we get asked every day in our law practices.
When you evaluate attorneys to decide who you should hire to represent you, You need to primarily consider two things: the right kind of experience, and someone you can trust.
The truth is that fighting a criminal charge is extremely stressful. Walking in to court knowing that the prosecutor may be trying to put you in jail, and the judge may not be sympathetic is a terrible thing to go through.
Your defense attorney is the only one on your side. So you want to have trust and confidence that he or she is doing a good job for you.
Does the attorney talk to you and explain things to you?
The more you know about what is going on, you can feel a little more comfortable that at least you are doing everything you can, and things are taken care of. Knowing that everything is being handled can make you feel a little more relaxed it a stressful situation.
Not necessarily. But you could be charged with bail jumping for failure to appear in court, probation violations if you have a prior offense, or worse.
What's more, you are at risk of being picked up and arrested anytime. And if that happens, you are in much worse shape and in a poor bargaining position for securing your release.
New York police departments are deploying high tech license plate scanning and reading technologies, so you could be pulled over for legally driving your car, if you are passively scanned and flagged as someone with an outstanding warrant. (See more about a New York County using this technology).
You could also be picked up anywhere, even out of state, since many law enforcement agencies share this information. This technology is deployed in hundreds of jurisdictions, and is growing all the time.
According to New York State Vehicle and Traffic law, an interlock device must be installed in you vehicle when you are eligible for driver's license reinstatement after a second DWI within 5 years, or any Felony DWI charge.
The difference between an Aggregate Weight offense and a Pure Weight offense has to do with the amount of drug in the mixture.
Aggregate Weight is the total weight of the drug itself, plus any other substance that may be mixed with it. For example, if a certain substance weighs 4 ounces, 50% of which is baking soda and 50% of which is cocaine, the substance has an “aggregate weight” of 4 ounces.
Pure weight refers only to the amount of the actual controlled substance contained within the overall mixture; not with the weight of the entire mixture. Thus, in the example above, the “pure weight” of the cocaine would be 2 ounces.
Under New York drug laws, possession of heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine are aggregate weight offenses, except for a charge of criminal possession of cocaine in the fifth degree.
Possession of LSD and methadone are pure weight offenses.
See the drug possession laws and penalties page for more details.
You must make a request to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services for your Personal Criminal History Record Review.
You can do so by mail or by phone, instructions and more info are here at the official state site.
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