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Can you get arrested for drinking and hunting?

It would only make sense that the state of New York would not want people walking around with heavy firearms while intoxicated. The potential for disaster is almost guaranteed under those circumstances. Until Sept. 1, 2019, the legal limit for drinking and hunting was 0.10, but on that date, it was reduced to 0.08, which is the same legal limit for drinking and driving any motor vehicle, including boats.

New York's new discovery laws help make criminal defense easier

Being accused of breaking the law can be a frightening experience for any Amherst resident. The outcome of the case will have significant effects on his or her future. Having the opportunity to prepare the best criminal defense possible often includes knowing what evidence prosecutors have to present to the court. A new law that went into effect this year could help with that endeavor.

The right to remain silent applies even before an arrest

Even being pulled over in a traffic stop is enough to make many Amherst residents nervous. They may feel as though they are obligated to answer any questions posed to them by police, and officers will not usually correct them. The fact is that the right to remain silent applies even before a person is placed under arrest, including during a "stop and frisk," during which officers have the right to briefly detain individuals when they reasonably suspect a crime was or is about to be committed.

Driver could face more than just DWI charges in fatal crash

As is the case anywhere else, Amherst police often begin their investigations into motor vehicle accidents by questioning whether a driver involved was impaired at the time. If there is enough evidence to make police believe their suspicions are substantiated, then a driver could end up under arrest and facing DWI charges. Thereafter, police will conduct the remainder of their investigation into the crash, which could mean more charges for the alleged impaired driver.

What does it mean to face charges of disorderly conduct?

It is football season, and many people in New York take the sport seriously. They attend tailgating parties and games regularly, and sometimes, they get a bit out of control. When that happens, they could end up facing charges for disorderly conduct.

College students face unique challenges when charged with a crime

Going to college is often the first real taste of freedom that young Amherst residents receive. As a result, they often make mistakes that could interfere with their ability to continue their academic careers. Some of those mistakes result in being charged with a crime, which not only puts them in a position of needing assistance with the criminal court process, but also with the administrative process of the college or university.

It is possible to accidentally waive Miranda rights

For many Amherst residents, the first time they hear about the right to remain silent is on television or in a movie. While being read the Miranda rights is properly depicted in several of these shows, they often neglect to accurately portray the fact that waiving those rights can happen unintentionally. Understanding how this happens and learning how to avoid it could come in handy one day.

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.

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