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By Ralph Habib, Esq. Criminal Procedure Law Article 690 governs Search Warrants As Americans, we all have increased expectations of privacy in our homes.  Pursuant to the 4th Amendment, we are supposed to enjoy a life free from being subjected to unreasonable government searches and seizures.  A search warrant is an instrument used under specific circumstances by law enforcement to pierce the protection of these expectations.   How Are Search Warrants Granted and by Whom? A local criminal court may, upon an application of a police officer, or other designated law...
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This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. Please call (315) 364-1155 or email us for a free consultation with Mr. Bruffett about your DWI case. I challenge the prosecution’s discovery practices and evidence in a DWI case early on, way before trial. I first try to bring any challenges to the DA because DA’s are busy; they have dozens of cases, and they rarely want to spend a lot of time and effort on a case...

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This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. The negotiation process in a DWI case generally includes an effort to reduce the charges to something less serious. For instance, if my client is a first time offender with a BAC under .13, a common result is getting the charges reduced to Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) with a fine of $500 and a surcharge of $260. The sentence is generally a conditional discharge with an instruction to...
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The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the vast body of search and seizure law is important in criminal defense generally, and in drug cases in particular. As attorneys, we always pay close attention to the manner in which evidence against our clients was obtained.  Because search and seizure law is so complex, we only touch on the major points in this  article. Please feel free to call us at (315) 364-1155 if you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge that might involve search and seizure issues. Case consultations are free.   I. The Exclusionary...
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This article was adapted from partner David C. Bruffett's chapter in "Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending DWI Cases in New York, 2015 ed. published by Aspatore Books. Please call (315) 364-1155 or email us for a free consultation with Mr. Bruffett about your DWI case. You do not necessarily have to consent to take the field sobriety tests in New York State; that decision is completely up to the driver. However, I generally tell my clients that if they do not cooperate they are essentially giving the officers a valid, reasonable suspicion...





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