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

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

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

Buffalo Penalties For Criminal Injection Of A Narcotic Drug (NY PL 220.46) 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…

In Buffalo, Should A Driver Be Read His Rights Before Police Ask Him If He Has Been Drinking?

Most Buffalo residents are familiar with the idea that someone placed under arrest should be “read his rights” by law enforcement. These rights, also known as Miranda Warnings, include constitutional rights to remain silent when questioned and the right to an attorney. Unfortunately for those stopped for drinking and driving, a failure to read these…

Are The Potential Charges For Boating While Intoxicated The Same As For DWI In A Car In Buffalo?

It is illegal to operate a boat propelled by mechanical power on any of the waterways under the jurisdiction of New York State while under the influence of alcohol. For Buffalo area residents, this includes operation on waterways adjacent to the state, such as Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, that fall under New York State…

Doesn't Having An Ignition Interlock Shut Off A Car Risk Causing Accidents In Buffalo?

Many Buffalo drivers who are convicted of a drinking and driving offense are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they wish to continue operating for work or school. The installation of an ignition interlock device is mandatory for most misdemeanor and felony DWI offenses. The purpose of the ignition interlock…