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Onondaga County Criminal Defense Blog

3 examples of white-collar crimes

You may not believe it, but white-collar crimes are commonplace across New York. In fact, you may find yourself facing a charge in this category at some point in your lifetime.

To stay out of trouble, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the crimes that fall under this category. Examine these three examples of white-collar crimes, so you can avoid charges in the future.

Important aspects of drug charges

Facing a criminal charge is quite serious, and it can carry hefty penalties. Therefore, it is important for parties to fully understand the criminal court proceedings and their different aspects.

Various types of charges have their own nuances and critical parts. Regarding drug charges, there are a few key aspects to be aware of.

3 examples of tax evasion you may have already committed

When you hear the term "tax evasion," you may think of big corporations of wealthy people trying to sneak money around to avoid paying Uncle Sam. While these are often the cases you hear about, there are some common ways regular people commit this crime every year come tax time.

To keep yourself out of trouble with the IRS, you may want to make yourself aware of some of the acts or omissions that add up to an evasion charge. By avoiding these three mistakes, you may keep yourself away from tax evasion charges.

DWI, Leandra's Law and the ignition interlock device

If law enforcement stops you on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you will face stiff penalties, including the loss of your driving privileges.

Leandra's Law may play a role in your life if the court convicts you of DWI. This law involves the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, which would enable you to drive again, but with restrictions.

Understanding trespassing laws in New York

Whether the intent is to engage in some urban exploring for fun, to take a shortcut home or to satisfy your curiosity about a quirky neighbor, you and other New York residents should understand that the law does not consider trespassing a harmless activity. The same goes for those whose intentions may be less than innocent - say, for instance, entering someone's property without their consent to settle an argument or refusing to leave the premises of an establishment after closing time. The consequences of a trespassing chargecan be serious.

What exactly is trespassing? The law defines it as knowingly entering or remaining on property without the property owner or manager's permission or refusing to leave when asked to do so. Property owners should have signs, gates and other forms of communication to warn people that the land or building is private property and trespassing is not allowed.

How much will a DWI cost you?

A DWI conviction is a big deal, whether it is your first one or fifth. The penalties are severe and can have far-reaching effects on all areas of your life, from driving privileges to employment. One consequence not to underestimate is the impact on your finances.

QuoteWizard estimates that the average cost of a DUI is about $10,000. This number does not include lost wages, meaning that the stakes could even be higher in your situation. Where do all the costs come from?

New laws in New York in 2019

There are a lot of changes that come with a new year. You may make new resolutions regarding your health, relationships, career and family. Additionally, a host of new laws tend to go into effect. There are plenty of new laws in New York that may impact you without you even being aware of them.

That is why it is vital to keep track of how the law changes over time. Here is an assessment of some of the most significant changes to New York laws in 2019.

First steps in facing criminal charges

If you face criminal charges, you may feel a range of emotions, including fear and confusion. It is quite common to feel bewildered in the face of the criminal justice system, especially for first-time offenders.

Many people make mistakes, and this does not mean they are bad people or hardened criminals. Every criminal defendant deserves a strong and strategic defense as they move through the criminal justice system. Criminal charges can bring harsh consequences, and a strong defense is the best way to work toward avoiding or mitigating the negative effects of a conviction.

When employers suspect theft: 3 things to know

If your employer suspects you of embezzlement or some other type of theft, your otherwise ordinary day could turn into a nightmare.

In a recent case, a New York judge sentenced a woman to serve between three and nine years in prison for an embezzlement scheme. The judge also ordered her to pay more than $800,000 in restitution for the company reimbursements she received for the false invoices she created. As this case indicates, if your employer accuses you of stealing, you must be careful not to make the situation worse.

Do police have a right to search your car?

Whether commuting to work, driving home from a restaurant or taking your kids to school, you do not want to see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Still, police pull over many motorists in Onondaga County virtually every day. For most drivers, the incident is a minor inconvenience. If you have an unlicensed weapon, illegal drugs or evidence of criminal activity inside your vehicle, however, an otherwise ordinary stop may have significant legal consequences.

When an officer asks to search your vehicle, you may wonder if he or she has a legal right to do so. That is, can you refuse to allow an officer to look inside your vehicle? As with all searches and seizures, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires automobile searches to be reasonable. When police seek to search a vehicle, though, special rules apply.

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