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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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Avoid Intoxicated Driving This Summer

As we begin to reach the height of summer, it seems every weekend is consumed by barbeques, vacations, beach days, holidays, and other activities. Many people choose to relax at these weekend festivities with alcohol and some even choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence. July 4th has become one of America’s deadliest holidays as a result of the increased number of DWI accidents and overall, the abundance of summertime activities tend to heighten the risk of these tragic incidents.
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What to do if You Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident

As the weather warms, bicycles become a more popular form of transportation and leisurely activity. However, with the increased use of bicycles comes an increased risk of injury as well. Bicycle accidents may be the result of many different circumstances, such as poor road or sidewalk conditions, negligent drivers, or careless pedestrians and fellow cyclists. In some cases, the state, county or municipality can be held responsible for failing to provide safe roadway conditions. In addition, negligent drivers, pedestrians, and fellow cyclists, can be held responsible for the injuries sustained from a bicycle accident if their actions caused the accident.

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Using the SUNY (State University of New York) Cap to Determine Higher Education Contributions

Oftentimes, parents seeking to contribute to their child’s higher education are unaware of how child support may be impacted. In New York State, child support is based on a pro-rata (fewer deductions) share of parental income for the first $80,000 of combined income. Once you have the pro-rata share, the state applies a statutory percentage of income as follows:

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