Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: Proper Apology: Part 3 Execution

You can plan and plan but if you fail to execute then all is lost. I spend a lot of time in preparation for defending my criminal cases. Having a well laid out plan is great but what if I don't put it all together and get it all to the people that matter.

Why Preparing for the best outcome means laying out the reasons for leniency?

Why Judges want reasons for being or showing leniency?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: Power of Apology: Part 2 Contrition

A well crafted apology begins with Ownership of what you have done. After you have owned and taken 100% responsibility for your actions the next step is just as vital: Contrition.

Remorse for your actions is in some people's minds kinda like repentance. Without getting religious many of the concepts and ideas present in good apology do have biblical overtones.

How does remorse work to show or prove a healthy mindset?

How does expressing remorse lessen punishment and consequences?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: Crafting the Proper Apology: Part 1 Ownership

A Proper Apology Can Be Priceless

As a criminal defense attorney I sometimes act as a professional apologist. A well written or stated apology can go a long way to resolving conflict, lessening punishment, and bringing closure to a damaged party. This will be a three part blog series on creating a successful apology.

Knowing when to apologize, and how to apologize can really make a difference in many criminal cases.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: Milk is NOT Always Milk

I love cashew milk even if it's NOT milk
I get a kick out of all the things people, companies, and even national organizations argue about. Lately it's all been about Milk. Is Soy Milk milk? Is coconut Milk milk? Is Cashew Milk milk? Or is the only thing that is really milk the stuff that comes from a mother animal's teat? Can it be that we have come to a point in vegan time or vegetarian time when we quibble over definitions?

Well the dairy industry is saying that the only real milk is the one we all know and love and that comes from a cow. The FDA is part of this battle and they are taking a position that guards the public trust in what companies can state or call their products. We don't want people to be deceived by marketers, God forbid.

Should we care about whether cashew or soy milk is milk?

For that matter does it matter what the legal definition of anything truly is? 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: Police Report Writing and Dissection

One of my favorite things is learning. I love to read. What's kinda of unusual are the books that pique my interest. I like reading things written for other professions, like police books and psychology books. I am not an aspiring law enforcement officer or psychologist but I am fascinated by those fields. It seems human interest is an underlying theme.

This summer I am reading a book written by a veteran cop on report writing. It is called "The Best Police Report Writing Book" by A.S. Michael.

He is a certified instructor for almost thirty years so I take it he has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Why am I reading a book intended primarily for police officers? 
How does that help me or our criminal/DWI defense clients?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: CT (Connecticut) Out of State (New York) DWI or DWAI License Consequences

CT DMV is Quite Revolutionary in it's treatment
of out of state DUI

Sometimes I feel like when I’m on reddit and reading that section TIL (today I learned). Today I learned how to spell Connect-icut.  I don’t practice there, and until you slow down and look at things you can go decades before you realize  that Connecticut has CONNECT in it. I kinda feel the same way about Wed-nes-day, as a kid I always saw weds-day or wens-day. 

The state motto is "Qui Transtulit Sustinet" = He who is Transplanted Still Sustains, and as we all drive from state from state in the pursuit of happiness I ask? 

How does the state of Connecticut connect with and punish CT licensed drivers who have sustained New York DWI, aggravated DWI, and DWAI offenses?

My BIG disclaimer:

I am licensed in four states but CT is not one of them. The focus of our practice is NYS DWI defense but that said we represent lots of people with out of state licenses. Understanding all the consequences to both in state and out of state privileges is important to every case. 

Contact a CT licensed attorney for any information about CT law or consequences. Always discuss your CT DUI or out of state DUI license consequences with a CT licensed attorney. That said the following is for educational purposes only and is my take on CT license issues with any NYS DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DWAI (driving while ability impaired) by alcohol charge.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ithaca DWI Lawyer: Demons, Hellcats, and Speeding Tickets

0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds!!
I'm a car guy from way back and these days the cars are absolutely amazing. Ford, Chevy, Audi, Porsche, and the rest are in a HP (horsepower) competition. One after the other keeps upping the ante.
We now have the 707 HP (Hellcat) and 840 HP (Demon) cars, with 300 HP cars becoming the norm in mom and pop motoring. My 2004 Honda mini van had a 240 HP V6.

Are all these super horsepower cars causing more speeding tickets?