NEW YORK STATE DRIVER POINT SYSTEM: THE BASICS

  • Michael H. Ricca,

Driving in New York State is considered a privilege; it is not a right. New York State requires you to hold a valid driver’s license if you are operating a motor vehicle within the state borders. However, with more than 12 million people holding active New York State driver’s licenses, monitoring the roads and removing  … Read more

VIOLATIONS, MISDEMEANORS, AND FELONIES: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

  • Michael H. Ricca,

There are many different laws that help keep New York State safe. However, these laws not only establish the rules citizens are required to follow; they also establish different levels of crimes, as well as the associated penalties. New York State has three primary levels of crime: violations, misdemeanors, and felonies. Below, the professionals at  … Read more

DWI: APPLYING FOR A CONDITIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE

  • Michael H. Ricca,

New York State (NYS) takes road safety seriously. That is why the courts tend to offer harsh sentences when it comes to driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI). If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a DWI or DWAI, you may be worrying about what happens with  … Read more

DISTRACTED DRIVING

  • Michael H. Ricca,

  As of 2017, there were 12,070,424 licensed drivers in New York State. This does not include the thousands of non-residential drivers and tourists who drive on our roads every day. The average vehicle weighs in at over 4,000 pounds. That makes even a small sedan a lethal weapon when left in the hands of  … Read more

New York Decriminalization of Marijuana Awaits Governor’s Signature

  • Michael H. Ricca,

The New York Senate and Assembly have passed legislation to reform the antiquated marijuana drug laws. The bill awaits Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature. The highlights of the bill include: 1. The decriminalization of marijuana possession up to two ounces. Possession of small amounts of marijuana will be a violation, not a crime. 2. Establish procedures  … Read more