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Bus driver arrested after hit-and-run accident

A driver of a passenger bus in the area of Newburgh, a tow in New York about an hour north of White Plains, was arrested recently and accused of striking a pedestrian and then leaving the scene of the accident.

No one reported the accident, but police later discovered the body of the victim and determined he had been hit by a car. Police had not publicly identified the man since they were trying to locate and notify the man's family.

New York has strict rules about cell phones and driving

Many states across the country specifically outlaw texting and driving, which includes instant messaging as well as other internet use while behind the wheel. However, New York takes the matter a step further by banning handheld electronic devices, including cell phones.

In other words, a driver in White Plains, New York, can be pulled over and given a fine even for using a cell phone to make a conventional call. While the penalty might not be as steep as it is for texting and driving, a motorist can still have to pay $150 each time he or she is caught using a handheld cell phone.

How will the new tax law affect my divorce?

To avoid a tax hit, your divorce needs to be finalized soon, so make sure to consult your attorney as soon as possible to get the process moving. You can always modify a support agreement later, but the tax benefits will remain the same.

The new tax change could be positive or negative, as long as whatever agreement you finalize protects your financial future.

Debt collections and bankruptcy: the automatic stay

This blog has on previous occasions discussed the various means by which businesses in and around White Plains, New York, can collect on accounts receivable that they are owed but which have not been paid.

New York law actually gives creditors a variety of legal collections and judgment enforcement tools by which they can convert what looked like a bad debt in to cash. However, as is the case throughout the country, a debtor facing collections can always resort to what may well be referred to as the nuclear option of filing for bankruptcy under federal law.

There will be a lot of people on the road for Thanksgiving

As usual, Thanksgiving is looking to be a busy holiday for travel, especially on the roads of White Plains, New York and other parts of the country.

In fact, according to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, this year, there will be the most Americans traveling more than 50 miles for the holiday since 2005, more than a decade. This due in large part to a strong economy across the country, which has left more money in the wallets of the average American household for things like a Thanksgiving trip.

Teacher, former NFL player, arrested

A teacher at a prominent school in White Plains, whose first career was playing wide receiver in the NFL, has been arrested for allegedly slapping one of his students.

The teacher has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He turned himself in and was since released on his own recognizance, that is, without having to post bail of any kind. The teacher has already had to resign his post. The resignation went in to effect immediately.

What are some common mistakes people make during divorce?

There some common mistakes that happen at the end of a relationship (if one can even call them that) which most resident of White Plains, New York, would recognize right off the bat.

For instance, no matter how angry one is about a divorce or separation, violence and other criminal behavior is certainly prohibited. It should also go without saying that actions such as flagrantly emptying jointly-held bank accounts, hiding assets, or other endeavors to hoarde or disguise marital holdings are serious lapses in judgment that will paint you in a negative light once they have been discovered and brought before a court.

Fighting a DWI/DUI charge in New York

For a person facing charges for allegedly driving under the influence, it can feel as though you have no options for avoiding major, life-changing penalties. Losing your license, facing jail time, owing fines and obtaining a criminal record are all possible penalties for a driver operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you are unsure of how to challenge the charges against you, consider some of the key elements of the state’s case against you. There are reasonable, logical arguments against each component of a criminal case, but it takes the skill and expertise of a criminal defense attorney to take on this style of defense. Each case varies from the next, but there are a few general steps to take in fighting a DUI/DWI charge in New York.

Is legal separation available in New York?

Many states have a formalized process in which a couple who wishes to remain legally married but live in separate households can obtain what is called a legal separation.

In a sense, New Yorkers call also obtain a legal separation, but the process is a bit different than in other states.

Upstate New York tragedy raises limo safety concerns

The worst transportation accident in almost a decade happened in upstate New York recently when 20 people died in a limousine crash. The accident was the worst tragedy that did not involve an airplane since 2005, when a bus carrying elderly people caught fire.

Obviously, there be a lot more investigation in to what caused this terrible accident. While it appears that the limousine driver did not successfully navigate a T-intersection and went in to a parking lot instead, it wasn't clear whether the driver made a mistake or the vehicle failed. In any event, 2 pedestrians and all the occupants of the limo died in the accident.

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