Boating Laws

This Monday is Labor Day, one of the last long weekends of the summer.  Many will be out enjoying the beautiful weather on a boat and we want to provide some important information about boating laws.    Operating a boat while intoxicated is a crime in New York.  Pursuant to New York State Navigation Law §49-A, […]

Supreme Court of the United States Scores One For Privacy Rights

“Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple—get a warrant.” On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that police officers may not search through the cell phone of a person upon making an arrest […]

Car Insurance Recap in New York

In the State of New York, in order to register a vehicle, you must have New York State issued automobile liability insurance.  If there is a lapse in auto insurance, the DMV will suspend your vehicle registration and driver’s license and you will be required to pay significant fines. The State of New York requires […]

Memorial Day Seatbelt Violations

This holiday weekend, police officers around the state will be out in full force.  Their mission? Seatbelt violations. May 19th through June 1st is National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization – an initiative run through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration meant to enforce the Click It or Ticket campaign.  It is estimated that one in […]

Supreme Court upholds traffic stop based on 911 tip, erodes the rights of drivers on the road

On April 22, 2014 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Navarette v. California that a traffic stop based on an anonymous 911 tip was permissible because it provided the police with reasonable suspicion that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated.  The decision stems from an incident in California where a motorist […]