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UNDERSTANDING DRUNK DRIVING LAWS

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jun 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

UNDERSTANDING DRUNK DRIVING LAWS IN BUFFALO NY For better or for worse, America is a car culture. We like to move fast and we don't like when things get in our way. We make movies about highways and writes love songs to jalopies. Our identity, both as a nation and as individuals, is often tied...

COMMON JUVENILE CRIMES IN BUFFALO, NY

Posted by Drew Fritsch | May 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

There's never a “convenient” time to face a criminal charge, but dealing with police, courts, and lawyers when you're young can be devastating, derailing your education or career, costing you more than you can afford just as you're starting to build up your finances, and injecting doubt into all ...

THE BUFFALO NY DWI LAW GUIDE

Posted by Drew Fritsch | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

For better or for worse, America is a car culture. We like to move fast and we don't like when things get in our way. We make movies about highways and writes love songs to jalopies. Our identity, both as a nation and as individuals, is often tied up with cars: what we drive, where we drive, an...

UNDERSTANDING COMMON DRUG CHARGES

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

New York State has long had a reputation for some of the toughest drug laws in the nation, and while we no longer have mandatory minimum sentences (as was the case under the Rockefeller Drug Laws passed in 1973), our penal code still sets down very serious penalties for the possession and sale ...

RELIABLE DEFENSE AGAINST A SHOPLIFTING CHARGE

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Apr 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Movies and TV shows tend to make light of shoplifting. On the screen we see a lovable rascal dashing down the sidewalk with their candy bar prize, while a stiff shopkeeper shakes a fist from the open doorway of the store. Shoplifting can be an initiation ritual, a political statement, a quasi-R...

I FORGOT TO APPEAR IN COURT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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

I often receive calls from individuals who are in a panic because they forgot to appear in court. Among the things to remember in such a case, the first and most important is that you don't make the situation worse by delaying dealing with it. Second, don't call the court until you speak with a...

SIX TIPS TO REMEMBER IF YOU GET PULLED OVER BY THE POLICE

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jan 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Everyday in Western New York, people are arrested and thrown in jail for various criminal charges all stemming from being pulled over in a vehicle.  If you find yourself in a situation where you have been pulled over by the police, it is best to remember the following tips.  1.) HOW YOU SHOULD...

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SIMPLE ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jan 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

I recently had a call from an individual who indicated that he was being investigated for an assault which had recently occurred in downtown Buffalo. He asked me, “What are the consequences for me if I am convicted of assault?” Assault in the third degree is an A misdemeanor punishable by up to a...

I GOT CAUGHT WITH HEROIN, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jan 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Throughout my career in the city of Buffalo as a criminal defense attorney, I have represented many individuals who had been charged with possession of heroin. Heroin is an epidemic – not only in the Buffalo area, but throughout the country – so, when I meet with an individual, I tell them the ...

CAN I GET AN ACD FOR MY CRIMINAL CASE?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jan 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

I often meet with individuals who ask me if they can receive an ACD for their case. An ACD is an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which is sometimes offered by the district attorney's office when an individual has no prior record – or a very limited prior record – and the crime is not...

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR A DWI CONVICTION?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Jan 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The other day, in my Buffalo office, I met with someone who was charged with DWI. When they asked whether they actually needed an attorney – since they were only charged with DWI. Unfortunately, I had to make them aware of their potential consequences. For example, even a first DWI carries severe...

CAN I REFUSE TO PERFORM A BREATH TEST?

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

When I give presentations about DWI and how to handle the situation if you're pulled over and arrested for DWI, people often ask, “Can I refuse to perform a breath test?” Although, in every state, you can refuse to give a breath test, New York State has certain circumstances that will lead to s...

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WAS TICKETED WITH RECKLESS DRIVING?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Dec 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The other day, I received a phone call from an individual in Buffalo who said they had received a traffic ticket for reckless driving. After talking with the individual, I had the sad duty of informing them that, in fact, they were facing a criminal charge punishable by up to 30 days in jail an...

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I WAS ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED DWI?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Dec 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

I recently received a call from someone who had been arrested in the city of Buffalo and charged with aggravated DWI. The question was, “What is the difference between aggravated DWI and a regular DWI charge?” A person whose breath reading is .18 or higher will be charged with aggravated DWI. W...

WILL I GO TO JAIL IF I WAS CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Nov 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

I recently had someone in my office who had been charged with shoplifting from a local mall. They wanted to know what type of crime they could be charged with, and what the possible penalties would be. The State of New York considers theft under $1,000 – which would obviously include the shopli...

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR BURGLARY?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Oct 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The other day, while speaking with an individual who had been charged with burglary in Buffalo, I was asked, “What are the possible penalties?” In New York State, burglary is divided into three classifications – first, second, and third. Third degree burglary is punishable by up to seven years ...

WILL I GET SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR INSURANCE FRAUD?

Posted by Drew Fritsch | Oct 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The crime of insurance fraud can be prosecuted by the attorney general's office, the U.S. attorney's office, and the district attorney's office in state and federal courts. If you are prosecuted for insurance fraud in the state court, every level is a felony, and its penalties can vary from fou...

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