Author Archives: Friedman & Ranzenhofer

Can I Keep One Of Our Two Cars In Our Buffalo Divorce, Even If It Isn’t In My Name?

Yes, more than likely, if you and your spouse have acquired two cars during your marriage in Buffalo, you’ll be entitled to take possession and ownership of one in the divorce. If you have routinely been using one of the cars, then you should expect to be able to continue driving it once the divorce […]

Do The Police Have To See Someone Driving To Arrest Them For DWI In Buffalo?

A typical Buffalo DWI arrest involves a member of law enforcement claiming to have personally observed one or more moving infractions committed by the defendant, leading the police officer to pull over the defendant and investigate him or her on suspicion of drinking and driving. While there is no requirement that the police officer actually […]

What Does The Court Give A Driver When Issuing A Hardship Driver’s License In Buffalo?

When a Buffalo driver is arrested for drinking and driving, his or her driver’s license will usually be suspended at the first court appearance. This involves the physical confiscation of the driver’s license. Because the driver will not be will eligible for a pre-conviction conditional driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles until […]

Does A First Time Buffalo DWI Offender Who Was Snowmobiling Face The Same Potential Charges As Someone Driving A Car?

With winter approaching, Buffalo area snowmobilers should be aware that it is not only illegal to operate a snowmobile on a street while under the influence of alcohol, but also on public trails and even the private property of another person. For first time offenders, New York’s Snowmobiling While Intoxicated laws largely mirror its laws […]

Will All Cars Have Ignition Interlock Devices Someday In Buffalo?

As experienced Buffalo DWI lawyers, we have seen many innovations over the years designed to reduce the frequency of motor vehicles being operated while the driver is under the influence of alcohol. Most of these changes have involved increased penalties for drinking and driving offenses and changes to the manner in which the laws are […]

Penalty For Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia In The First Degree (NY PL 220.55) In Buffalo

A past conviction for Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the Second Degree, which is a class A misdemeanor, sets you up for additional penalties if you’re charged and convicted again. As a repeat offender, you’ll be charged with Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the First Degree (NY PL 220.55), which bumps your charge to a […]

Penalty For Criminal Sale Of A Controlled Substance To A Child (NY PL 220.48) In Buffalo

Violations of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree or Third Degree can draw additional charges in several circumstances. When the seller is an adult over the age of 21 and the buyer is a minor under the age of 17, Buffalo prosecutors will charge you with Criminal Sale of a Controlled […]

Penalty For Criminal Injection Of A Narcotic Drug (NY PL 220.46) In Buffalo

While consensual conduct is usually not criminalized in New York, there are exceptions. Individuals who knowingly and intentionally inject an illegal narcotic drug into another person, with that person’s consent, can be prosecuted in Buffalo under Criminal Injection of a Narcotic Drug (NY PL 220.46). This is a class E felony, and if convicted you […]

What Are The Rules For Obtaining A Buffalo, DWI Blood Test Warrant?

When a Buffalo driver is involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in serious injury or death and refuses to submit to a breath test or a blood test, the police department investigating the collision may require the driver to undergo a blood test to determine the amount of alcohol in his or her blood. […]