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New Yorker faces DWI and drug charges after traffic stop

It is important for accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights. A man from a nearby New York community is facing DWI charges following a traffic stop. The man is accused of drunk driving and possessing drugs. The 28-year old man was stopped for violation of vehicle and traffic laws. Following the routine traffic stop, authorities alleged they observed that the man's eyes were blood shot and watery and that his breath had a strong odor of alcohol.

According to authorities, the man failed multiple field sobriety tests and was also found to be in possession of concentrated cannabis. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. He was also cited for violations related to his vehicle. Criminal charges such as DWI charges can potentially derail the professional and personal life of an accused individual and may impact educational and other opportunities as well.

A brand new day for many New Yorkers

For decades, people in our state who had been convicted of a crime were basically stuck with a conviction on their records for life.

New York had the toughest post-conviction relief laws of just about any state. Once convicted, that was it for you.

The basics of traffic offenses in new York

Traffic offenses may seem insignificant but that is not necessarily the case. Because of the point system in New York concerning traffic offenses, paying a fine and accepting the charges may not be the only cost. In addition to paying the fine, a traffic citation can be costly down the road. Traffic violations can also lead to driver's license suspension or revocation so they should never be taken lightly.

Trained guidance can help individuals facing traffic offenses understand why their license has been suspended or revoked and can also help them understand the points system and the impact it may have on their driving record and insurance rates. Traffic offenses can result in a suspended license, suspended registration, problems with no insurance, allegations of reckless driving and other moving violations.

Routine traffic stop leads to drug charges for woman

Drug charges should never be taken lightly and can result in serious consequences and penalties. A New York City woman was recently left facing drug charges following a traffic stop. According to authorities, the vehicle the woman was in was pulled over for several vehicle and traffic violations but the woman wound up facing drug charges. Police reported they detected evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle while conducting a roadside interview after stopping the vehicle. Subsequently, police allegedly discovered that one of the vehicle's occupants possessed crack cocaine.

The 23-year old woman was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. A 30-year old man was also charged with a noncriminal violation of unlawful possession of marijuana. Police officers allegedly located marijuana secreted on his person. The driver of the vehicle was issued several traffic tickets.

Are more physicians addicted to prescription drugs?

Drug addiction is still a major problem that continues to vex legislators, law enforcement and physicians alike. In fact, opioid addiction has become a national crisis, with every state in the union reporting some type of unprecedented issue.  According to a nytimes.com report, drug overdoses outpaced gun deaths 2015.

Part of the problem may be the stereotypical perception of the classic drug addict; disheveled, skinny or unkempt individuals who live in on the street or in rundown houses. But many opioid addicts are “clean cut” professionals who you would not suspect to have a drug problem. A classic, yet unfortunate example are doctors.

New crackdown on synthetic marijuana

New York residents might benefit from understanding more about why Boston took the initiative to ban synthetic marijuana throughout the municipality. The city-wide ban on purchasing, selling or using synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as "Spice" or "K2", was inspired by the alarming number of deaths the substance has been linked to across the country.

This new substance is not made of marijuana, but is comprised of plant materials mixed together and treated with a combination of chemicals designed to produce a similar sensation as THC. However, medical professionals claim that this drug makes users behave more erratically, and that it is more potent than marijuana. In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning that the number overdoses and deaths caused by this substance had begun to increase recently.

Girls in Slender Man sacrifice case to be tried in adult court

Most juvenile crimes in New York are unlike the case of two 13-year-old girls charged in the stabbing attack of another girl. At their hearing, the judge insisted that the character of their alleged crime demanded a response at an adult level. He reasoned that if they were convicted in the juvenile system, then they would be released at age 18.

Currently, they are accused of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Convictions could lead to 65 years in prison. When the girls remained silent in the courtroom, the judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf.

Drones used to move heroin across border

New York residents might want to know about recent developments involving the use of drones to transport drugs from Mexico into the United States. Two California men pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 11 to operating drones loaded with heroin in an attempt to smuggle the drugs across the border with Mexico.

According to authorities, the two El Centro men allegedly traveled to an empty area of Calexico, California in April in order to collect almost 30 pounds of heroin smuggled from Mexico via drone. One of the men, aged 18, purportedly piloted the drone from the border to its landing spot in a field, while another 19-year-old man loaded its illegal cargo into the trunk of a vehicle. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson described this incident as perhaps the first drug-related seizure involving a drone along the US-Mexico border. Mexican authorities, however, claim that a drone carrying approximately several pounds of methamphetamine crashed in a Tijuana store parking lot just across the border from San Diego in January.

5 accused of shipping drugs in birthday packages

On Aug. 12, it was reported that New York authorities seized five kilograms of drugs that were allegedly being smuggled in the disguise of children's birthday presents. Authorities stated that the drugs were seized in the span of two weeks.

Authorities reportedly learned of the alleged scam during a wiretap investigation, and they ultimately intercepted five packages in total that contained more than $220,000 worth of drugs. Officials stated that one of the packages was wrapped in pink paper and had been placed in a birthday bag with a stuffed toy. A second package was mailed with a doll. All five packages were sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Understanding the juvenile system

Some families in New York may benefit from finding out more about the existing dynamics that are prevalent in the U.S. juvenile system. Over the last 16 years, U.S. incarceration rates for juveniles have dropped by about 50 percent. The result is that more minors have been sentenced to probation instead. Some public advocates claim that the transition toward doling out more probation and less time in juvenile hall has caused more problems for the youth in America.

For many juveniles, the introduction into the probation system only increases the likelihood that they will be a part of the correctional system later in life. Juveniles on probation have to deal with a litany of stipulations that are often far more subjective than those imposed against adults.