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Legality of hoverboards in New York

Hoverboards were without a doubt one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. However, New Yorkers may be wondering if they are legal to use on the street. Currently, the use of hoverboards is not allowed in New York as they are considered motor vehicles and yet cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. While no specific information about penalties for using a hoverboard is available, fines would likely be assessed if a ticket were issued.

A look at the use of drug dogs during traffic stops

The use of police dogs trained to sniff out drugs is becoming more prevalent. However, this raises questions of privacy rights when these K-9 units are deployed during traffic stops. One of the primary questions being asked is whether the search of a vehicle by a drug dog is legal.

Drug charges still possible with New York medical marijuana law

The legalization of medical marijuana in New York goes into effect next month, but it is not expected to cut down on the drug offenses arrest statistics in the state. The law allows state-certified doctors to prescribe the use of marijuana for state-certified patients who can obtain it from state-certified growers.

Traffic violation leads to felony arrest and criminal defense

We previously posted about police using traffic violations to trigger vehicle searches leading to evidence of felony drug charges. Police in New York recently employed similar tactics to arrest a man on multiple felony charges including weapons possession and impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

Felony drug charges require a strong defense

It is not uncommon for a police investigation during a traffic stop or into charges totally unrelated to drugs to result in drug charges. This appears to have been what happened recently in Rockland County when police investigating car theft allegations stumbled upon a drug manufacturing or drug trafficking operation.

Traffic violation leads to felony arrest and criminal defense

We previously posted about police using traffic violations to trigger vehicle searches leading to evidence of felony drug charges. Police in New York recently employed similar tactics to arrest a man on multiple felony charges including weapons possession and impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

New York judges may extend use of ignition interlock device

Laws targeting motorists caught driving while intoxicated offer New York judges some of the harshest penalties to impose upon those convicted of violating them. License revocation and license suspension usually accompany fines and jail or prison sentences faced by individuals who plead guilty or are found guilty after trial of drunk driving charges.

New York police keep a close watch during the holidays

Traveling the roads around the holiday season can be very dangerous. Not only are they often congested, but also there is an increase of drunk drivers plaguing the roadways. Thanksgiving is a particularly dangerous time, with more fatal accidents than any other holiday.

A traffic stop could lead to serious consequences

A traffic stop predicated upon a police officer’s claim that you were observed violating New York traffic laws might not end with just a traffic ticket. If a police officer suspects that you might be engaged in drug offenses, stopping your vehicle could be a pretext the opportunity for a search and seizure.