Blog Posts in 2014

  • Factors that may elevate a traffic violation into a felony

    || 31-Jul-2014

    A news story about a traffic stop typically calls to mind images of speeding motorists, with the most serious result being a speeding citation. However, two recent local traffic stops did not fare so well. In both cases, the traffic stops involved drivers on all-terrain vehicles, or four-wheelers. Both men were spotted driving their ATVs on the highway. Under ordinary circumstances, such behavior ...
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  • Terrence Howard seeks modification to divorce agreement

    || 30-Jul-2014

    New York residents who may be contemplating divorce might be interested in Terrence Howard's current situation. The Oscar-nominated actor says he is unable to pay alimony to his second wife. He is petitioning the court to reevaluate the agreement in light of his current income. According to the actor, who has been in such films as 'Iron Man," he is not able to pay the $325,000 in ...
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  • Negotiating property division in New York

    || 21-Jul-2014

    Many divorced couples in New York understand how problematic property division can be if not managed properly. Often times, people are still held liable by creditors if their name is still attached to the marital home. If the divorce or separation has not been finalized, an individual can still be held liable for the debt incurred by an ex-spouse for non-payment. This may also create a challenge ...
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  • Former Dodgers owner caught in divorce fees fight

    || 1-Jul-2014

    When Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, divorced his wife Jamie in 2012, Jamie received $131 million tax-free as part of the divorce settlement. New York readers may remember that she was also given several of the luxury homes the couple had owned together. Part of the agreement, however, stated that if either member of the couple later wanted to contest the divorce ...
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  • Traffic violation leads to repeat offender felony charge

    || 27-Jun-2014

    When it comes to a traffic violation, most people think of running a red light or some other minor violation. For one local man, however, a routine traffic stop turned into a class D felony. According to a news release, New York State Police stopped a local driver from East Fishkill, New York on a recent Sunday evening for alleged equipment and moving violation. However, the police claim that they ...
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  • Victims of domestic violence cannot afford to wait for help

    || 17-Jun-2014

    It's incredibly difficult for society to cope with the problem of domestic violence because the statistics are staggering. In New York's Dutchess County there were 4,455 domestic violence incidents reported and this resulted in 1,044 arrests. Despite actions being taken to reduce the number of incidents, it was still felt that there was a need to use what was called a lethality assessment ...
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  • Getting ticketed in a work vehicle may have extra consequences

    || 14-Jun-2014

    Readers may not be surprised to learn that numerous studies demonstrate that cellphone use behind the wheel can increase the risk of unsafe driving that leads to a traffic violation or a motor vehicle accident. However, readers may not have considered this prospect from an employer’s perspective. When employees are using company vehicles for official business, any crash caused by texting or ...
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  • Deciding whether collaborative divorce is the correct route

    || 4-Jun-2014

    We've been hearing more and more about collaborative divorce in the media. Though this promises in certain divorce matters to be less contentious than taken the case through court, it requires a level of commitment from all the parties involved to be successful. Parties to such a divorce do need to be collaborative. This can be difficult, however, because individuals are often blind to their ...
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  • Failing to buckle up may result in a traffic citation add-on

    || 30-May-2014

    Drivers may know that New York law requires them to wear a seat belt, but is that really grounds for a traffic citation? Although Poughkeepsie readers may be tempted to answer in the negative, an attorney who focuses on criminal defense and traffic violations knows that this violation may be combined with others, such as a speeding ticket. In addition, failing to buckle up may result in points ...
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  • Medical technology may change the face of child custody disputes

    || 20-May-2014

    One celebrity story may actually have relevance as far as family law cases are concerned. Jason Patric apparently fathered a child by being the sperm donor for another woman. After the child was born he had a continuing relationship with the boy. However, at some point the mother decided to withhold visits. Patric now would like to regain visitation rights with the son and establish a parental ...
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  • Some advice: Cooperate if stopped for a traffic violation

    || 14-May-2014

    Although no one likes getting a ticket or citation for a traffic offense, today’s story provides an example of what not to do during a traffic stop. According to the arrest report, local New York City police observed actor Alec Baldwin riding against traffic in lower Manhattan. However, that alleged traffic offense is not the reason that Baldwin was arrested. Instead, it seems that the ...
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  • Child support payments can bring families out of poverty

    || 7-May-2014

    We are increasingly seeing matters where back child support is owed by an individual living in another country. It's often been extremely difficult for individuals to collect this child support due to the complicated process required in enforcing such orders as compared to the amounts of money the custodial parent is likely to receive. Still, even a small amount can make a difference. Sadly, ...
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  • New York police crack down on texting and driving

    || 2-May-2014

    Drivers in Poughkeepsie and greater New York may bemoan the seemingly ubiquitous presence of cell phones. The convenience and broad array of functions offered by smartphones make them irresistible to many consumers. In fact, many users may have difficulty putting them down, even when they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Yet New York lawmakers are aware of the dangers posed by drivers who ...
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  • Whatever reasons for a divorce, the property needs to be split

    || 22-Apr-2014

    According to New York State Department of Health statistics, divorce rates have increased in our state during recent years. While it's not entirely clear why the numbers have increased, it does appear that many individuals put off divorce during the recession years only to wait until divorce seemed more affordable. It must be kept in mind that many of these couples would have divorced ...
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  • Mass transit, safety regulations, and traffic violations

    || 18-Apr-2014

    Getting a speeding or traffic ticket may not be fun, but readers can probably appreciate that lawmakers’ concern for the public’s safety is probably a rationale behind many such citations. Compliance with traffic laws is especially vital for mass transit operators, who are entrusted with the safety of their passengers. Readers may recall the derailing incident of a Metro-North Railroad ...
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