Move Over: It’s The Law

A local driver’s awareness of New York State’s “move over” law might not have helped state troopers Brent Karow and Shane Swartz all that much. Christopher Neumann was apparently under the influence of alcohol when he plowed into the troopers, as they assisted two tow-truck operators pulling a car out of the median of I-90 […]

Safranko Speaks Out On Controversial Troy Police Shooting

On January 30, retired Troy Police Chief John Tedesco published an opinion piece in the Troy Record defending the Troy Police Department in general, and Sgt. Randall French in particular, regarding the April 2016 incident in which French fatally shot motorist Edson Thevenin after a traffic stop. Tedesco’s piece countered recent criticism of the department’s […]

Second DWI in New York State

One DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DWAI (driving while ability impaired) conviction in New York state is tough enough: for DWI, a mandatory fine of $500 to $1,000, a six-month revocation of your license, and potentially up to a year in jail; for DWAI, a fine of $300 to $500, a six-month license suspension, and […]

Should I Refuse to Take Tests if I am Stopped for DWI?

Let’s say you had a glass of wine or a beer at dinner, are driving home from the restaurant and are pulled over by a police officer. The officer suspects you’ve consumed alcohol and asks you to exit the car, walk a straight line, stand on one leg, or blow into a hand-held breathalyzer. Should […]

First Offense DWI in New York? What You Need to Know

If you are charged with an alcohol-related offense—whether in a car, motorcycle, ATV, or other motor vehicle—the impact can be serious and far reaching. Consequences include fines, license restrictions, and possible jail time. It is important to understand the charges against you and know your rights. Photo by: KOMUnews Your first step should be to […]

How Many Margaritas are Too Many? Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Responsibly

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, more formally known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, which celebrates a Mexican victory in 1862 over the French. Of course, nobody is thinking about Napoleon and military strategy on this day: Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with partying and enjoying Mexican food and drinks. But […]

Boating Laws

This Monday is Labor Day, one of the last long weekends of the summer.  Many will be out enjoying the beautiful weather on a boat and we want to provide some important information about boating laws.    Operating a boat while intoxicated is a crime in New York.  Pursuant to New York State Navigation Law §49-A, […]

DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification

In late September, George and Andy traveled to Washington, Missouri to complete a DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program, a 24-hour program administered over the course of three days by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).   This course was developed by the US Department of Transportation and approved by the International […]

New Recommendations for DWI Threshold

On May 14, 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a meeting to consider safety reports related to driving while intoxicated. The NTSB is an independent government agency that investigates transportation accidents. At the meeting, the Board voted to recommend that all 50 states reduce their blood-alcohol content threshold from 0.08 to 0.05 in […]

New Penalties For Repeat DWI Offenders Take Effect September 25, 2012

The NY State DMV has recently announced tougher regulations for people convicted of multiple alcohol or drug-related offenses. The regulations allow the DMV to conduct a lifetime review of a driver’s abstract and to deny the driver’s application for reinstatement of a license if the applicant has: Five or more alcohol or drug related driving […]