On Dec. 18, it was reported that a 51-year-old New York man was taken into police custody after he was suspected of driving driving under the influence. According to the report, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle after he made a left turn without signaling.
You're young and opinionated, and you're having drinks out with friends. Something you say catches the attention of a man further down the bar. Now, he wants to start yelling at you about how wrong you are and how he'd like to punch you. Not long after that, you're in a full-blown bar fight.
New York NFL fans may be interested to learn on Dec. 20, it was reported that former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was identified as the person involved in the killing of two men. The survivor who identified the former player was reportedly riding in the back seat of the vehicle where the deaths occurred.
New Yorkers who are football fans might have heard that Michael Floyd, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, was charged with a DUI a few hours after his team lost its game to the Miami Dolphins. The incident occurred on Dec. 12 around 2:48 a.m. in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In New York and many other states, a DUI is typically a misdemeanor charge. However, there are circumstances that could upgrade the charge to a felony. For instance, those with a blood alcohol content of higher than .16 percent may be considered to have an elevated BAC, which may result in harsher punishment. A driver may also face a felony DUI charge if he or she causes bodily harm.
Two men in New York are facing charges related to the death of a 26-year-old man. The accused 25- and 28-year-old were arraigned on Nov. 17 for charges of concealment of a human corpse, hindering prosecution in the first degree and damaging physical evidence. Felony charges for second-degree murder were not filed during the arraignment as originally expected.
While a misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony, it can still change your life significantly. A conviction has the potential to result in time in prison or heavy fines, but what isn't talked about is the potential for long-term consequences socially. You may find it harder to find a place to live or be unable to work at any local jobs. Here are some reasons to seek out a strong defense if you've been charged with a misdemeanor.