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Protecting your rights in a health care merger or acquisition

Whether you want to expand your current Amherst practice by purchasing an existing one or consolidating with another practice, you look forward to the possibilities and future success. Finding the right opportunity probably took some time, and now that you found it, you are impatient to get started. However, you must address several issues prior to closing a health care merger or acquisition, and you do not have to go through the process alone.

Your specialty is in the health care industry, not the legal industry. You do not have to become an expert in the law overnight in order to bring your plans to fruition. Instead, you could enlist the advice, guidance and support of an experience health care law attorney.

Don't make the mistake of not taking traffic tickets seriously

Many people here in Amherst and elsewhere do not consider speeding, running a stop sign or some other driving violation as serious infractions. After all, you probably will not end up in the back of a police car for most traffic tickets, so they may not seem that serious. The problem with this theory is that they could result in a suspended license, increased insurance rates and problems at work, among other things.

Each traffic ticket you ignore, whether received here in Amherst or somewhere else in New York, will add an average of three to five points to your license. If you receive enough points within around 18 months, you lose your license for a predetermined amount of time, or it could be revoked. This could make it difficult for you to get to work, run errands and engage in activities with family and friends. If you drive for a living, you could lose your job. Your insurance company could consider you a "high risk" driver as well and increase your rates.

Why eyewitness testimony is so hard to trust in criminal law

How confident are you in your memory? What did you have for lunch last Friday? If you witnessed a crime, how sure are you that you could identify the perpetrator in a police lineup later?

Most people know that human memory is often imperfect. As time passes, details fade away. The power of suggestion, say from police questioning, can change the "facts" that you recall. Criminal cases that rely heavily on eyewitness testimony are notoriously difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Evicting tenants requires more than telling them to leave

When you own property, you generally think that you have the right to say who can and cannot be on it. That may be true in some instances, but if you rent space to either residential or commercial tenants, you lose the right to simply tell someone to leave under New York law. Rental agreements make evicting tenants a legal process that you must follow in order to successfully evict someone from your property.

A lease is a legal contract, and you must hold up your end of the bargain despite the behavior or actions of a tenant. Even so, you do not have to simply tolerate a tenant's breach of the lease. You can begin the eviction process, which may take some time. If it is done correctly and in accordance with New York law, you will ultimately be able to rid yourself of a problem tenant.

College students often face possible repercussions on two fronts

Going to college is often a young adult's first foray into independence. Being away from home for the first time can be a liberating and daunting experience at the same time. College students can easily make bad decisions that put them in the position of facing potential repercussions on two fronts -- New York's criminal courts, along with the college or university they attend.

On one hand, public intoxication, drunk driving, assault and more could mean criminal charges. On the other hand, the university or college may also require the student to attend an administrative hearing. If your college student gets into some sort of trouble, he or she may need help on both fronts.

White Collar Criminal Defense

Understanding and defending against allegations of financial crimes, particularly in complex industries such as healthcare, are best performed by practitioners with real-world experience in the business and finance. Having acted as a consultant on merger and acquisition for healthcare entities, Michael Charles Cimasi is well situated to comprehensively understand and defend clients accused of fraud and financial crimes. If you are charged with financial crimes, contact the Cimasi Law Office to explore how our experience can be applied for your benefit.

Warning to Americans Driving in Canada: Tougher Canadian DWI Laws can Result in DWI Arrest even at Homes and Bars

According to Canadian sources, the new DWI laws that recently took effect in Canada allow Canadian police to demand breathalyzer tests from individuals who were reported to have been driving under the influence or erratically up to two hours before the arrival of police. Thus, individuals at their homes, bars, restaurants, etc. could be breathalyzed and potentially arrested for DWI if the police have some reason to believe they were driving recently under a Blood Alcohol reading above the legal limit. This is a significant exposure to anyone dining, partying, or travelling in Canada with a vehicle.

Happy Holidays - Be Safe on the Roads!

Happy Holidays from the Cimasi Law Office. This time of year is replete with family parties, religious celebrations, and friendly get-togethers. And in Western New York, we are blessed to have many unique and locally-owned bars and restaurants at which to celebrate! As we all celebrate this Holiday Season, remember to consume alcohol responsibly, and don't drive if you've been drinking. Let's keep the roads safe for all of our families, and avoid the stiff consequences associated with DWI arrests. If you are charged with DWI this Holiday Season, call the Cimasi Law Office for a free consultation at any time (24/7) at 716-560-1171. I have assisted many clients in Western New York to navigate through their DWI arrest and collateral issues, and am happy to speak to you at your convenience. I routinely perform DWI defense in criminal courts and represent clients in collateral administrative actions before the DMV, college disciplinary officers, and licensing boards.

11 Convicted in Erie County under invalidatedlLaw

The Buffalo News reports that as many as 11 individuals in Erie County may have been convicted under a law for Illegal Dissemination of Indecent Materials to Minors more than 21 years after a federal Judge invalidated the law as unconstitutional, and Erie County received affirmative notice of this binding decision. The full story can be found on the Buffalo News website at:
https://buffalonews.com/2018/11/05/eleven-people-wrongfully-convicted-under-invalidated-law-judge-says/?fbclid=IwAR363pwVBt9dz8_g6CmnHi2pg-P2TFi8E0Zo8cSMOrD1dSV8NPSIApZDzzg 

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