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Speed Racing on the Long Island Expressway

Darnel Anderson, 25 years of age, decided to have a race with Darrel Squiers. The race took place on the Long Island Expressway in Nassau County, New York. Both drivers were speeding in excess of 100 mph. Darnel Anderson had two children in the car with him while he was racing his friend. In court documents, he stated “I knew we were going way too fast.”
It was estimated that Darnel was proceeding at approximately 120 miles per hour when he was stopped by the police. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, being involved in a speed contest and numerous additional traffic violations. His racing buddy, Darrel Squiers of Bay Shore, was charged with driving while being intoxicated, being involved in a race on the Long Island Expressway, speeding and a variety of additional vehicle and traffic violations.
Individuals who want to see if they have the fastest car should race their cars on a race track. This can be done under conditions that are safe for everyone involved. In this situation two young children’s lives were in danger and only by the grace of God did they avoid serious injury. These racing buddies now face significant criminal prosecution.

Criminal Lawyer

Our law office represents individuals charged with the following criminal offenses: violent crimes; white collar crimes; sex crimes; weapons possession; driving while intoxicated (DWI); shoplifting; burglary; juvenile defense; assault and battery; drug offenses; domestic violence and all other types of misdemeanors and felonies. If you, a friend or loved one is either being investigated for a crime or charged with a crime, call us for a free consultation, we can help you.

Texting While Driving

textingWhileDriving-150x150In New York, it is against the law to text while driving. This seems like a worthwhile way of demotivating people from engaging in this activity, but there is problem with the new law.

The new law is does not make texting while driving a primary offense. The police officer must first see someone violating the law. However, he cannot pull the car over unless they are also violating another law. What started out as a good idea is not being carried through.

Automobile Association Study

The Automobile Association of America recently conducted a poll of their members in New York State. Ninety-percent of their members stated that texting while driving should be a crime. Drivers are concerned about this behavior. They feel it can cause accidents and innocent people will be injured.

The New York State Legislature should take action to pass a tougher law regarding individuals who text message while driving. Texting while driving creates unsafe conditions on our roads and innocent people will be killed.

About Our Firm

The Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo is a general practice firm. We handle all aspects of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, custody, orders of protection, child support, spousal maintenance, child abuse and child neglect.

Our firm also represents individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies. We represent individuals alleged to have driven while intoxicated (DWI) and other vehicular crimes, such as driving with a suspended license or driving without a license.

Should you be in need of a lawyer, call us. Since 1978, we have been providing high-quality professional legal services for our clients at reasonable fees. Our phone numbers are: 1-800-344-6431; 516-561-6645 or 718-350-2802.

Challenge to Florida’s Red Light Camera Law

redLightThe state of Florida recently passed a new law that allows municipalities to use red light cameras at traffic intersections. If the camera catches a motorist going through a red light, a ticket is issued and mailed to the owner of the vehicle. A lawsuit has been brought in West Palm Beach for the purpose of invalidating Florida’s red light camera law. The lawsuit claims that individuals are innocent until proven guilty and that the red light camera law violates this basic tenant of criminal justice in the United States.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Individuals caught in the red light camera have to prove in court that they were not driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. Instead of a individual being innocent until proven guilty, he or she is guilty until proven innocent under the new law. Attorney William Abramson, whic filed the lawsuit on behalf of one of his clients, stated that Florida’s red light camera law violates constitutional rights of individuals.

The Florida law went into effect July 1, 2010. Under this new statue, the driver of a motor vehicle either pays a $158 fine or has to submit evidence that he or she was not driving the vehicle at the time of incident. Attorney Abramson claims the driver should not have the burden of proof. The municipality should have to prove that the owner of the vehicle was the operator at the time of the incident. The lawsuit claims that “the presumption of guilt, shifting the burden of proof, violates both the Florida Constitution and the United States Constitution.”

New York Red Light Cameras

The State of New York has a similar law in place concerning red light cameras. On Long Island and in the five boroughs of the city of New York, the owners of motor vehicles are regularly receiving traffic tickets based on red light cameras taking photographs of their vehicles at various intersections. The drivers of the vehicles are not identified. The New York law similarly places the burden on the owner of the vehicle to prove he or she is not guilty. This constitutes a violation of the owners constitutional rights. Under New York State Constitution and the Federal Constitution, individuals are innocent until proven guilty of traffic matters.

Should you, a family member or a friend have issues with red light tickets, speeding tickets or other types of traffic violations, feel free to contact the traffic attorneys at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo. We can help you with these matters. Our phone number is 1-800-344-6431, or contact us by email.

How to Handle a Traffic Stop

traffic-stop-150x150 The most common interaction that a law-abiding citizen has with police is being stopped pursuant to a traffic violation. It is important that you do not act in an aggressive or disrespectful manner to the police officer when being stopped. It is especially important that you do not get into an argument with the officer. Do not ask “what are you stopping me for?” and do not try to control the situation. The best way to handle the stop is to be polite, charming and apologetic. The police officer has stopped you for a reason. By claiming that you did not do whatever activity he or she witnessed you doing, you are insulting the officer’s intelligence.

Chris Rock’s Advice

Chris Rock has a video on YouTube in which he gives advice about what to do when you get pulled over for a traffic violation. In the video, Chris Rock recommends that you should “obey the law, stop immediately and stay in your car with your hands on the wheel. If your woman is mad at you, leave her at home. There’s nothing she’d like to see more than you getting your ass kicked”. This is generally good advice!

Honesty is the Best Policy

Do not lie to the police officer when you are stopped. In addition, do not tell the police officer that you don’t know the reason you were pulled over. This will not be helpful. Police officers are concerned with their safety at traffic stops. They do not know if you are an honest citizen or a hardened criminal with a gun under your seat. Stay calm!

What to Do When the Officer Approaches the Car

When the police officer approaches your car, remain inside the vehicle. Turn the interior dome light on in your car and keep your hands on the steering wheel. It is important that you avoid making quick movements. A police officer may misinterpret a quick movements being an aggressive action to obtain a weapon.

If the police officer asks you for your license and registration, tell the police officer where you are going to put your hands to try to find these items. When you move to obtain your license and registration, do not move quickly. Instead, move slowly in a non-aggressive manner. If you need to open the glove compartment, ask for the police officer’s permission before doing so. He or she may be concerned that there is a weapon in the glove compartment. Be friendly with the police officer. Do not tell him or her that you have important contacts or that you know a lawyer who will straighten this matter out. This would be a mistake. Furthermore, do not, under any circumstances, try to offer the police officer a bribe!

Traffic tickets can be a minor nuisance or they can destroy your livelihood and result in significant hardship by causing you to lose your driver’s license. Should you be issued a summons for traffic violation, an experienced traffic court attorney can help you deal with these problems.

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