Custody Rulings and Parental Substance Abuse

Divorce and custody proceedings can be a difficult processes to endure and oftentimes, they place great strain on the child(ren) involved. What makes this process even more difficult is when one parent is a substance abuser. The abuse of drugs or alcohol can significantly affect a person’s ability to function during everyday activities and may pose a dangerous risk to that person’s child(ren) if left in his or her care. As the other parent involved in this marriage or divorce with a substance abuser, there are certain legal options available to obtain custody and ensure that your children are kept safe.
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More Than 49,000 NYS Drivers Didn’t “Stay Off the Naughty List”

Newsdayreported that, as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaignthat took place between December 13, 2018 and January 1, 2019, New York State police issued 48,877 tickets and arrested 783 people for drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs. During that time period, troopers also investigated 643 crashes that resulted in eight deaths and numerous injuries, according to New York State Police.
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Contact a Lawyer Immediately After a DUI/DWI

Being charged with a DUI can impact an individual financially as well as jeopardize his or her driving privileges. There are a number of defenses available in a DUI case that may reduce a charge or result in an acquittal. A recent case, which the defendant ultimately lost, helps illustrate one of those defenses.  The New York State appellate division ruled on a case where a defendant was arrested for driving under the influence. The defendant was taken to the police station where the arresting officer and two other experienced officers witnessed a Breathalyzer test and an additional 13-step procedure. One officer administered the Breathalyzer test, along with the 13-step procedure, while another officer videoed the events.
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A DWI Conviction Carries Strict Penalties in New York

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most preventable, but biggest mistakes a person can make. Alcohol can severely impair one’s cognitive abilities, reflexes, vision, and more. According to the State of New York, the level of impairment that affects each person is different and depends on five conditions:

  • the amount of alcohol you drink;
  • the amount of food you eat before or while you drink alcohol;
  • the length of time you drink alcohol;
  • your body weight; and
  • your gender.

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Important Tips for Getting Divorced While Self-Employed

Divorce can be a difficult and strenuous process that may lead to contentious issues along the way. Some of the issues that arise during divorce proceedings can be attributed to self-employment. In order to mitigate the risk of forthcoming divorce issues due to self-employment, it is important to consider the following:

  • Ensure the protection of your assets and resources;
  • Consider hiring a financial expert; and
  • Think about getting a post-nuptial agreement.

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Steep Penalties for Driving Without Insurance in New York

Hundreds of thousands of motorists use New York’s roadways each day. In New York, each vehicle on its roads must be covered by an auto insurance policy to properly adhere to the traffic and insurance laws within the state. However, in 2015, there was an estimated 6.1% of motorists within the state that continued to drive without proper auto insurance in place. This can result in harsh penalties.
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Designation of Therapy Animals to Evade No Pet Policies

The trend of fraudulently labeling pets as “therapy” or “emotional” animals to avoid a building’s no pet policy is on the rise. Landlords are increasingly reluctant to challenge their tenants as any denial could result in a discrimination suit resulting in fines up to $250,000. Unlike trained service animals such as a seeing-eye-dog, emotional support animals do not need formal training. In fact, there are websites online that will generate a doctor’s note stating the tenant’s need for a service dog for under $200. Despite the therapy exemption, the concern is that therapy animals may become a nuisance to landlords and neighbors.
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Attorneys and Real Estate Transaction

The real estate industry in New York is constantly changing. One aspect of this industry that has not changed too much in the past few decades is the role of an attorney in the process. When purchasing a home or a piece of property, the assistance of an attorney is necessary. An attorney with draft documents, aid in negotiations, assist in the closing of the deal, answer any abstract questions that may arise, and more. Without an attorney, purchasing a home would be challenging for those without experience with the process.
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A Negligent Ambulance Driver Can Cause Serious or Fatal Injuries

Ambulance accidents have become common throughout New York State.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally, on average, there are approximately 4,500 accidents involving ambulances and 33 deaths each year. The vast majority of these deaths are to the driver of the other vehicle.  Ambulance accidents often involve:

  • Pedestrians;
  • Bicyclists;
  • Motorcyclists;
  • Drivers of vehicles;
  • Passengers of vehicles; and,
  • Patients that are transported.

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Suffolk County Committee Decides to Extend Red-Light Camera Program

On September 19, 2018, Newsday reported that the Suffolk County Legislature’s Waiver Committee unanimously voted in favor of extending the contract of the county’s red-light camera vendor, resulting in the red-light camera program being extended for at least another year.

Conduent Inc., a technology company based in Florham Park, New Jersey, received an extension on its contract with the county which will run the end of 2019. Republican legislators were upset that the contract was renewed without seeking competitive bids or requests for proposal, but they are more upset that the red-light camera program is more about collecting revenues than making the roads safer for drivers.
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