We understand you are busy and may have missed some past ArborYpsi Law articles. No problem! iWe have collected a few of our older blogs and put them together here for easy access. At ArborYpsi Law we believe that knowledge is power. You can better deal with a legal matter if you as the client understands the legal matter. We always make sure our clients have a full understanding of the legal issues at hand. However, feel free to start on your own by reading some of our blog posts if any of them.
Will an old DUI conviction show on my record? When you are charged with driving under the influence, it might not seem like a big deal. People charged with first-offenses rarely go to jail unless they really mess up probation or get in trouble again. So many people simply walk into court and plead guilty at the first opportunity. They may not realize that a DUI conviction will go on their criminal record and can never be removed. Old cases do not “drop off” or disappear. A DUI can never be expunged, as with other traffic-related offenses. So when you plead guilty to a DUI, that DUI is going to stay with you forever. We wrote this article so people understand the seriousness of a crime that might not seem serious when they go to court.
Does New York law prohibit driving under the influence of an inhalant chemical? At the time the case of New York v. Litto was decided, the answer was no. The defendant in that case was charged with driving under the influence. But it wasn’t alcohol or marijuana that was the alleged culprit. The defendant was accused of huffing DFE, which is the chemical found in cans of Dust-Off. After he was charged, the defendant’s criminal defense attorney filed a motion to dismiss. He filed it on the grounds that New York law did not prohibit driving after huffing. Even though huffing is dangerous and can lead to really bad driving, the law did not actually relate to that. *This is an old case and the law may have changed.
In this article we discuss the Michigan case of People v. Jones. This case dealt with whether a person can be in trouble for felonious assault if the assault allegedly took place with a gun that didn’t work. This is the so-called inoperable gun. Is the inoperable gun defense truly a defense to felonious assault charges? Read our article to learn more. Felonious assault is also known as assault with a dangerous weapon. It is a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.
What does it mean to negligently discharge a firearm? It is a misdemeanor to negligently discharge a firearm, and you could go to jail for up to 90 days for a conviction. The charge could be much more serious if the result of a negligent discharge is death or injury. But what does this phrase mean? The case of People v. Hollis discusses a situation in which a defendant was accused of negligent discharge of a firearm.
Sam Bernstein is a Criminal Defense Attorney.
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