The vast majority of White Plains residents probably know that they have to have a valid driver's license in order to operate their vehicles on New York's roads. In fact, getting a license to drive has become so commonplace that one can really say that it is ingrained in our culture.
Many people in White Plains, New York, and the surrounding area probably recognize to some extent that some crimes are more serious than others.
Criminal charges in New York that are related to domestic violence are very serious, even when the charge is a misdemeanor and against a person without a criminal history.
Like several other states, New York has what is referred to as a Zero Tolerance law when it comes to people under 21 accused of drinking and driving in this state.
In what police are describing as an incident of road rage, a man has been arrested and accused of being involved in the death of New York City firefighter. The firefighter was not on duty at the time of the incident. This story has attracted the attention of the national news media.
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.
State Police in New York arrested almost 30 people during a recent crackdown on drunk driving. While most of the arrests were in connection with police pulling over drivers who had supposedly violated another traffic law, in some cases, the drunk driving charges arose in connection with an accident.
A New York woman, although almost 80 years old, is facing serious charges relating to an alleged drunk driving incident that injured 9 people in a town just a few miles from White Plains. Of these 9 people, 5 were taken to hospitals and 4 were described as critically injured.
As is the case in other parts of New York, residents of White Plains who have the misfortune of being accused of a drug possession crime or even, in some cases, selling or manufacturing drugs can attempt to get involved in the local drug court or participate in another type of diversion program.
While other states have laws pertaining to knives, New York's regulations are known for being somewhat strict. They are rigorous enough where even a well-meaning resident of White Plains could find herself in trouble for possessing or illegally distributing knives. These charges are serious and can carry with them long-term consequences.