New Gun Laws in New York State

On March 31, a bill that would require domestic abusers in New York state to turn in all their guns sailed through the Senate and Assembly and was promptly signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The bill expands on previous legislation requiring abusers to turn over only their handguns, and also broadens the scope […]

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 […]

Fireworks Law in NYS: What’s Legal and What’s Not

The Fourth of July is next week and you know what that means–fireworks! Although it is customary to celebrate the independence of our nation with a pyrotechnic display, we at LaMarche Safranko Law want to remind everyone of the fireworks law in New York state governing sale and use. Over the past few weeks, you […]

Personal Injury Claims: Your Top 5 Questions Answered

When you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury, the experience can be traumatic. Whether the incident involved a car accident, slip and fall, or dog bite, there are many details to deal with including medical issues, insurance paperwork, lost time at work, and more. While each case is unique, below are key […]

Construction Site Accident: Know Your Rights

Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplace environments. One in five people killed on the job in 2015 were construction workers[1] and thousands more are injured each year. In recent years, notable accidents affecting our own community led to the deaths of a 37-year old man in Niskayuna, a 47-year old man in Rensselaer and […]

Motorcycle Accidents: Prevention and Response

If you are one of the more than 240,000 motorcyclists in New York, you are no doubt taking advantage of the longer days and (hopefully soon) warmer weather to get out for a ride. Maybe you’ll be heading to the Adirondacks this weekend for the 35th annual Americade in Lake George, or the 16th annual […]

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 […]

Boating and Alcohol/Drugs Don’t Mix

The issues surrounding boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs have been highlighted recently with a local case that has garnered much attention. And as we head toward the summer season, with many people taking their boats out on the rivers and lakes in our area, the topic of boating safety becomes very important. […]

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 […]