Author Archives: Friedman & Ranzenhofer

Penalties For Stalking In The Fourth Degree (NY PL 120.45) In Buffalo

Stalking crimes are considered quite serious by Buffalo prosecutors, and that’s even true for the lowest grade of a stalking charge, Stalking in the Fourth Degree (NY PL 120.45). At this level, you’ll face a class B misdemeanor charge, and can be incarcerated for as long as three months. In addition, a conviction will mean […]

Do We Have To Use Grounds If We’re Filing An Uncontested Divorce In Buffalo?

Yes, every divorce in Buffalo requires the use of one of New York’s grounds for divorce. In the past, divorce cases required that a court find fault with one spouse, and the other effectively had to build a criminal case against them and prove allegations of adultery, abuse, abandonment, or other misconduct, to a standard […]

Penalties For Reckless Endangerment In The First Degree (NY PL 120.20) In Buffalo

While the concept of reckless endangerment – unintentionally creating circumstances that can cause harm to another – is easy enough to understand, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree (NY PL 120.20) is much more specific than that. This charge, a class D felony, alleges that under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, you […]

Penalties For Reckless Endangerment In The Second Degree (NY PL 120.20) In Buffalo

Engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of injury to another, without specifically intending to, is charged as Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree (NY PL 120.20) by Buffalo prosecutors. No injury needs to occur to qualify for the charge, so a variety of behaviors that create risks for another person fall under the […]

Penalties For Hazing In The First Degree (NY PL 120.16) In Buffalo

Hazing isn’t just something that happens to college students pledging for a fraternity or sorority. In many social and even professional organizations, there are initiation rituals that can get out of hand. When a person suffers injuries as a result of reckless or intentional conduct in their initiation or affiliation with an organization, the perpetrators […]

Do I Still Have Visitation Rights With My Kid If I Lost My Job And Can’t Pay Child Support Right Now In Buffalo?

Yes, unless through some strange circumstance your custody agreement states otherwise, a temporary inability to pay child support won’t restrict your ability to visit and spend time with your child. Obviously, long term delinquency may have consequences you don’t want, like a suspended driver’s license, intercepted tax refunds, and even jail time, but Buffalo courts […]

How Does A Driver Get A License Back When Not Enrolled In The Buffalo Drinking Driver Program?

Most first time offenders convicted of a drinking and driving offense in the Buffalo area will be eligible to participate in the Drinking Driver Program (DDP). Participation in the DDP is required to obtain a conditional driver’s license. Upon completion of the DDP, some first time offenders also may be eligible to have their full […]

What Is In The Waiver Required By The Buffalo DMV To Enter The Drinking Driver Program?

A Buffalo resident convicted of drinking and driving with no prior offenses may apply for participation in the Drinking Driver Program (DDP). Participation in the DDP is required to obtain a conditional driver’s license to continue driving for work, school, medical treatment and other necessities. The DMV will inform a convicted driver whether he or […]

Can Someone Who Is Denied A Driver’s License Based On Prior DWI Convictions Get A Restricted Driver’s License In Buffalo?

The rules regarding licensing of drivers with multiple prior drinking and driving offenses are complicated, even for an experienced Buffalo DWI lawyer. When a driver’s license is revoked for DWI, the Department of Motor Vehicles will conduct a review at the conclusion of the mandatory revocation period to determine if the driver is eligible to […]

What Are The Responsibilities Of The DMV Immediately Following A DWI Conviction In Buffalo?

Any Buffalo area driver convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense will be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will then take action regarding his or her driver’s license. While the DMV has multiple duties regarding enforcement of driver’s license penalties and relicensing, its primary duties in the period immediately after the conviction are […]