Author Archives: Friedman & Ranzenhofer

What Does A Law Guardian Do In A Divorce Case With Children In Buffalo?

A law guardian is a lawyer that the court appoints to represent the interests of your children in Buffalo. While the position the law guardian takes will be significant in a custody matter, rest assured that the law guardian’s position is not wholly determinative to the court. Regardless, whatever decision the law guardian makes as […]

What Is The Finger Count Test In A Buffalo DWI Case?

Experienced Buffalo DWI lawyers have seen members of law enforcement use a number of different field sobriety tests – some of very questionable value – when attempting to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. The Finger Count Test is a field sobriety test that is commonly used in Western New York by police officers when […]

How Long After Drinking Alcohol Does It Begin To Affect Your Driving In Buffalo?

It is not illegal to drive after having consumed alcohol. It is illegal to drive when alcohol is impacting your ability to drive in a reasonable and prudent manner. Because of this, many people in the Buffalo area will attempt to pace or limit their alcohol consumption before driving. Unfortunately, there is no absolute rule […]

What Is Infrared Breath Testing In A Buffalo DWI Case?

Infrared breath testing is the type of breath testing most commonly used in the Buffalo area. Over the past fifteen years, all law enforcement agencies in the area have discontinued the use of older style breath test machines – which used a chemical process – in favor of machines that rely on infrared technology. All […]

Does Someone Operating A Boat Have To Take A Breath Test If Asked By The Buffalo Police?

Operating a boat on the waterways surrounding Buffalo while under the influence of alcohol can have serious consequences. A boater who is involved in an accident or stopped for violating any of the regulations surrounding operation of a vessel is required to submit to a test of his or her breath, blood, saliva or urine […]

What Is Stalking In The First Degree (NY PL 120.60) In Buffalo?

Stalking in the First Degree (NY PL 120.60) in Buffalo is the allegation that in the course of stalking a victim, you intentionally or recklessly cause physical injury to the victim. You can also be charged if, in the course of stalking a victim, you commit rape, forcible touching, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, or other […]

What Is Stalking In The Second Degree (NY PL 120.55) In Buffalo?

In Buffalo, Stalking in the Second Degree (NY PL 120.55) is a serious felony that can put you in prison for up to four years. The particulars of charges under NY PL 120.55 are usually related to past convictions for Stalking, or other predicate crimes. Since many of these crimes are classified as domestic violence […]

What Is Stalking In The Third Degree (NY PL 120.50) In Buffalo?

Stalking in the Third Degree (NY PL 120.50) is a Class A Misdemeanor, and conviction by Buffalo prosecutors can lead to a year in prison. There are several types of conduct and circumstances that can lead to a charge of Stalking in the Third Degree, but it is typically charged when a defendant has previously […]

My Spouse Has Moved Into A Buffalo Rental Property We Jointly Own And Have A Pending Offer On. What Can I Do?

Your attorney should review the specifics, but it may be necessary to seek pendente lite relief if your spouse has taken unilateral actions to prevent a previously agreed upon sale in Buffalo. If the sale was agreed to in writing, you’ll have a stronger case, but even without a written agreement, it’s very likely that […]

What Is The Romberg Field Sobriety Test In A Buffalo DWI Case?

When a Buffalo resident is stopped for drinking and driving, the police officer will commonly ask the driver to perform several field sobriety tests – such as walking a straight line or counting backwards. There are a number of different tests that law enforcement officers may use, some of which are of very questionable value […]