How to select a criminal lawyer

How to select a criminal lawyer

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THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE SELECTING A CRIMINAL LAWYER Being faced with a criminal charge is without a doubt a stressful experience, to say the least. The first thing one needs to be aware of is that you have the right to counsel from the start. This opportunity should be immediately taken advantage of, as time is often of the essence when it comes to criminal charges. Seeking out the right lawyer is extremely important and said decision should not be made in haste. [caption id="attachment_5605" align="alignleft" width="150"] Finding a NY Criminal Lawyer[/caption] Finding an attorney who not only has vast experience in criminal law, but also is experienced in the court and county in which you are charged. Every court has their own specific quirks and nuances that can…
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Taking a Defensive Driving Course

Taking a Defensive Driving Course

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[caption id="attachment_342" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Taking a Defensice Driving Course"][/caption] We’ve all heard of a Defensive Driving Course, but exactly what does such a course entail? Most often people enroll in said course because they received a traffic violation and have acquired a few points on their license. By enrolling and completing a Defensive Driving Course, an individual can have up to 4 points removed off their license at a given time. If you receive a 2-point violation, the course will eradicate said points. However, you can’t “bank” the other two and have future points retro actively removed. In New York, taking a Defensive Driving Course for point reduction is allowed once every 18 months. The course does not remove the actual violation for your driving record, but it does remove…
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Getting Tickets for Talking and Texting

Getting Tickets for Talking and Texting

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[caption id="attachment_548" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Driving while on your cell phone is a 2 point penalty in New York State."][/caption] Recently New York State passed new legislation within the vehicle and traffic law that makes talking on a cell phone while driving a point penalty on one's license. Previously in 2001, NY passed a law making said action a violation and with it came a fine of up to $100. This made headlines because at the time, NY was the first state to finally crack down and impose such a penalty. Now, approximately 12 years later, NY has amended the law to include a 5 point penalty along with a fine. No longer is getting a ticket for talking on your latest and greatest cell phone a mere financial nuisance. Now, with…
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Un-Pleading Guilty to a Traffic Ticket

Un-Pleading Guilty to a Traffic Ticket

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[caption id="attachment_423" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="You can actually Un-Plead Guilty for a speeding ticket."][/caption] When one gets a traffic ticket, it would appear that the easiest way to deal with it would be to simply plead guilty and mail it back to the court. More often than not, however, this type of lackadaisical attitude proves to be detrimental down the road. People often don't realize that by blindly pleading guilty to a traffic ticket, it opens them up to obtaining a high amount of points on their drivers license. Along with these points come higher fines and increased insurance rates. Also, drivers with a commercial license run the risk of having their privileges revoked much easier than the average driver. When one pleads guilty to a traffic ticket and then suffers…
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Think Again before you Crumple Up that Traffic Ticket!

Think Again before you Crumple Up that Traffic Ticket!

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[caption id="attachment_71" align="alignleft" width="500"] Think Again before you Crumple Up that Traffic Ticket![/caption] DON'T BLOW OFF YOUR SPEEDING TICKET IN UPSTATE NY A lot of people when they get a traffic ticket put it on the back burner and do not treat it very seriously. They do this of course until the court date rolls around and then panic often sets in. At this point, an individual often debates whether or not to simply “mail it in” and plead guilty or instead obtain an attorney and hope to plead to a lesser charge. While it may be easier and more convenient to sign the back of the ticket, mail it in to the “powers that be” and be done with it, this is almost always not the best choice. By…
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Who parks on pavement? – Understanding how to reduce your speeding ticket.

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[caption id="attachment_378" align="alignleft" width="150" caption=""Who Parks On The Pavement, anyhows?" Marty Carbone - Albany, NY, Glens Falls, NY & Saratoga NY"][/caption] We've all heard of the term parking on pavement but so few of us actually know what the true definition is. The only frame of reference most people have is when they are offered this conspicuous charge when faced with a speeding ticket or some other moving violation. Section 1201 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law defines Parking on pavement as the following: Stopping, standing, or parking outside of business or residence districts. (a) Upon any highway outside of a business or residence district no person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the paved or main-traveled part of the…
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Things to consider before filing a law suit

Things to consider before filing a law suit

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[caption id="attachment_5500" align="alignleft" width="200"] What to do before filing a law suit[/caption] WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WITH YOUR POTENTIAL LAWSUIT Filing a law suit should never be done without first carefully considering several factors. First and foremost, one must be certain that their issue indeed requires legal action. More often than not, issues between parties can be resolved without taking official legal action. Only when parties cannot work things out amicably should a law suit be considered. If an amicable agreement cannot be reached, a person must then make the important decision as to how to proceed with resolving their legal conflict. The first thing one should consider is whether or not they have standing to bring about a cause of action. To have standing, one must have a “stake”…
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Carbone & Carbone LLP

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Experienced Attorneys in: Vehicle & Traffic matters, Speeding, DWI/DUI, Criminal Law, Real Property, Trusts & Estates, Wills, Divorce, Family & Matrimonial Law. Our mission is to serve people in need of legal services with the three I's of practice; Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence. We have been proudly serving the Capital Region and Adirondacks for over 35 years. Give us a call at 518-283-1245, or email carbonelaw@nycap.rr.com for a free consultation.
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The Pantera Tragedy 7 Years Later

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[caption id="attachment_426" align="alignleft" width="229"] DimeBag Darrell Abbott, killed performing on stage.[/caption] December 8, 2004 was a very sad day in the world of music as that was the day “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered, while he was literally playing guitar on stage. For those readers that are not a fan of hard rock music, Darrell Abbot was the lead guitarist for legendary heavy metal band Pantera. The band was extremely popular during the 1990’s among heavy metal aficionados and the tragedy that struck in Columbus, Ohio in 2004 remains one of rock’s most tragic deaths. Pantera broke up in 2003 when singer Phil Anselmo had a falling out with Darrell and his brother, fellow band mate and drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott. The split was filled with acrimony to say the…
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Avoid Pleading Guilty to a Speeding Ticket

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[caption id="attachment_3553" align="alignleft" width="300"] Always Plead Not Guilty[/caption] To beat a traffic ticket, you don’t have to go to the gym with the mayor, or have a sticker on your back window that says you supported the police department this year. In fact, it's likely neither of those will help as much as this first very simple tip… take the ticket and ALWAYS PLEAD NOT GULITY, and let a lawyer do their thing. The result of pleading not guilty is always better than just mailing in the fine and accepting whatever fate the court decides to levy on you. If you plead not guilty, the worst that can happen is that you get hit with minimal court costs, waste some time, and end up getting whatever it was that they…
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