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WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF COCAINE?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jun 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

In my office the other day, I met with a person who, following a series of events that took place in downtown Buffalo the night before, had been charged with possession of cocaine. When asked about the possible penalties and whether or not they needed to hire an attorney to defend the charge, I...

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET PULLED OVER FOR A DWI?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jun 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The other night, as I was having dinner with a friend in Buffalo, he asked me what he should do if, God forbid, he was ever pulled over for DWI. I told him, “It's important to be calm and cooperative with the officer.” I have seen much better results for individuals who were calm and cooperative ...

I WAS ARRESTED FOR VANDALISM, WILL I GO TO JAIL?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the state of New York, criminal mischief is the term used to describe vandalism and the penalties vary based on the amount of damage the individual caused. Damage of $250 or less is considered an A misdemeanor and the crime is punishable by up to one year in jail. Damage valued at more than ...

DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR A DWI IN BUFFALO?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | May 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

An old legal maxim says, “An attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client.” People sometimes ask me if they can just defend themselves from a DWI charge, rather than spending the money to hire an attorney, and my answer is an unequivocal, “No!” An attorney is familiar with the rules ...

HOW SHOULD I DEAL WITH A POLICE OFFICER?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Apr 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Throughout my career in Buffalo, I have met with many different types of clients, some of whom had good dealings with police, and some who may not have acted appropriately as they were dealing with police. I am often asked, “How should I deal with a police officer?” My first response is, “The w...

HOW LONG WILL A DWI STAY ON MY RECORD?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Apr 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

When I consult with individuals charged with DWI, we obviously review the possible resolutions to their case – whether it be taking the case to trial, working out a plea agreement, or possibly having the charge reduced to driving while ability impaired, which is a traffic infraction in New York...

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT A VEHICLE PRESUMPTION ARREST?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Apr 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

While an individual's home is a sacred place, their motor vehicle is not so sacred when it comes to a police officer's right to search your vehicle. New York State's vehicle presumption states that any person inside a vehicle where contraband, such as illegal narcotics or guns, are found can be c...

HOW LONG DOES A DWI CASE TAKE TO COMPLETE IN BUFFALO?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Apr 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Individuals who hire me to defend them in a DWI case frequently ask, “How long will my case take from the beginning until completion?” Frankly, I have to tell them that that answer will vary depending on the resolution we seek. Some cases can be resolved in as short a time as one month while ot...

SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY FOR A DWI IN BUFFALO?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Mar 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The other day, while at my house, I met with someone who had been charged with DWI and asked whether or not they needed an attorney to help defend them against the charge. Sadly, I had to make them aware of the consequences they would face if, in fact, they were convicted. In New York State, the ...

SHOULD I ALLOW THE POLICE TO SEARCH MY CAR?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Feb 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

I am often asked by clients about hypothetical situations that could potentially occur in their future. They wonder whether, if they are stopped, they are required to allow the police to search their car. The answer is a qualified yes, because police must have a valid reason to search your car....

CAN I GET IN TROUBLE USING A FAKE ID?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Dec 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

In June of every year, high schools around the area celebrate graduation. Unfortunately, during that same time period – and at other times as well – a number of individuals are often arrested for possessing or using fake IDs in order to obtain drinks in Buffalo's local establishments. The penalti...

POSSESSION OF A FAKE ID

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Oct 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, with its profusion of colleges, universities, and trendy neighborhoods, is a haven for adolescents planning for their futures. However, because of the wealth of options available for young adults to engage in mature activities, there is a trend among h...

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR A CELL PHONE VIOLATION?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Oct 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Drivers in New York State face some of the country's strictest penalties with regard to talking on a cell phone or utilizing a mobile device for texting and/or getting directions. Conviction of either one of those charges is a five-point offense – the same number of points faced by an individua...

TIPS ON DEALING WITH POLICE

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Sep 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

When you are pulled over by the city or state police, both you and the officer are instantly thrust into an uncomfortable situation. The officer's duty is to make sure that you are following all local and state laws, but the officer reserves the right to take more drastic measures if he or she ...

RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGES IN BUFFALO, NY

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Aug 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

Summertime in Western New York can be a time of leisure and excitement, and after each long and snowy winter, our neighbors from Tonawanda to Lackawanna flock to the shores of Lake Erie, the amusement parks along the Interstates, or across the border to Ontario to take advantage of the warm weath...

THE 5 DWI PENALTIES THAT FOLLOW A CONVICTION

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Aug 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

DEDICATED BUFFALO DWI LAWYER DREW FRITSCH OUTLINES THE DWI PENALTIES THAT COULD FOLLOW A CONVICTION IN NEW YORK. Driving While Intoxicated, more commonly known by the acronym of DWI, is a crime in the state of New York with very real consequences. Getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking...

3 TIPS FOR YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jun 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

During adolescence, the areas of the brain that aid in reasoning, planning, and mood are still developing. For that reason, this stage of life carries with it a propensity to engage in risky behavior. Much of this less than safe behavior will end up doing no harm to a teenager's health and safe...

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