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Anchor It! Campaign Raises Awareness of Furniture Tip-Over Deaths and Injuries

According to national statistics, a person is injured by furniture that has tipped over every 15 minutes.  38,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year due to furniture or TVs that have fallen on them.  Children are especially at risk as they are likely to climb on furniture and use the home as a playground.  In fact, most of the injuries sustained by furniture tip-overs involve children, and can even result in death.  Sadly, every two weeks a child dies due to a furniture tip-over.  These accidents are entirely preventable by anchoring furniture in place. Continue reading “Anchor It! Campaign Raises Awareness of Furniture Tip-Over Deaths and Injuries”

Common Pre-Trial Hearings in a Criminal Case

On the way to trial, many pre-trial motions and hearings may be scheduled. Usually the defense will make an “Omnibus Motion” that will include all the legal motions they will be filing. A date will then be set for the prosecution to answer the motion, as well as a court date. The motions consist of arguments concerning whether certain evidence should be included or excluded at trial. Such evidence may relate to physical evidence, statements, or identification procedures.

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Trampoline Park Injuries Increase as More Trampoline Parks Are Built

Nationwide, trampoline parks are becoming more popular.  While these facilities are a fun way for children and adults to get exercise, millions have been injured.

While trampoline parks are a new novelty, they are an unregulated but quickly growing industry.  Many of the injuries that occur on trampolines result from collisions, landing the wrong way, or landing on the frame.  Many of these injuries are preventable by following basic safety precautions.

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Understanding the Difference Between DWI and DWAI in New York

Driving While Impaired (DWAI – in lay terms “buzzed driving”) means your ability to operate a motor vehicle has been affected to any extent by the consumption of alcohol. DWAI is a violation, not a crime. Driving While Intoxicated (DWI – in lay terms “drunk driving”) means you are physically and mentally incapable of driving as a reasonable and prudent person due to the consumption of alcohol. Driving While Intoxicated is a crime.

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Bill Would Provide New Procedures for Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

As Americans, we owe a tremendous debt to our veterans for our liberty and safety. We need to keep in mind that many veterans returning home from combat relive the devastating effects of war each day, and many suffer major psychological illnesses.

One in four veterans returns from the warfront with mental illness such as PTSD, addiction, and depression. Half of these vets are left untreated and often find themselves in conflict with the law. In New York State alone, it is estimated that there are at least 27,000 veterans who suffer from mental illness.

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“Raise the Age” Bill Would Stop Treatment of 16 and 17 Year Olds as Adults in the Justice System

New York remains one of only two states that have not yet increased the age of criminal responsibility to 18. However, a new bill backed by Mayor DeBlasio and New York City top law enforcement officials could change that. The proposed “Raise the Age” legislation, if passed, would cease treating 16 and 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system.

Opponents to the bill have expressed that they are concerned that the bill sends the wrong message and the crime will increase. They point out that “some of the most heinous crimes are committed by 16 and 17 year olds.” In New York in 2014, out of 30,286 crimes committed by 16 and 17 year olds, 22,200 were misdemeanors and 4,160 were non-violent felonies.

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What is a Plea Bargain?

In a criminal case, you always have the option of proceeding to trial, and it is the prosecutor’s burden to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Notwithstanding this fact, the vast majority of cases are resolved by plea bargain.  A plea bargain is a negotiated resolution of your criminal case.  If you are charged with a crime, in many cases, you will be given an opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser charge.  Many defendants choose to accept a plea deal to avoid the cost and uncertainty of proceeding to trial and to ensure a guaranteed result.

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How Do I Get My Security Deposit Back?

A landlord may deduct from a tenant’s security deposit for wear and tear beyond normal damages for reasonable wear and tear.  Typically a landlord may deduct expenses from your security deposit for excessive wear and tear beyond normal use.  This has been decided by courts to include broken walls or windows, excessive filth, and damage to carpeting as a result of fish tanks.

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New Law Would Equip School Bus Stop Arms with Cameras

A new bill recently introduced in Suffolk County would allow school bus stop arms to be equipped with cameras.  Lawmakers hope that the cameras would deter drivers from passing school busses when the stop arms are deployed.  Additionally, the drivers who have been caught on camera passing the school bus when the stop arm sign is up would be subject to high fines.

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Historic ruling allows wife to serve divorce papers through Facebook

Sometimes an individual seeking a divorce has trouble serving their spouse with divorce papers.  A Manhattan Supreme Court has ruled that Facebook may be used to serve a spouse via private message.

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