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How to File a FOIA Request

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in New York is a law that helps keep the state government open and honest, allowing people to request and see government records, with some exceptions. This helps everyone know what the government is doing and builds trust because it shows that government actions can be looked at and questioned.

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How to Fight a Speeding Ticket in New York

As someone who has spent over two decades practicing traffic law, I understand the frustration that comes with receiving a speeding ticket. Whether you're driving through Buffalo, Tonawanda, or any other part of Western New York, a speeding ticket can feel like an unexpected hurdle.

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Do Speeding Tickets Show Up on Background Checks?

As a driver, one of the most common concerns is whether a speeding ticket will show up on a background check. This question is particularly relevant for individuals who are applying for jobs, seeking promotions, or undergoing any form of verification that involves a thorough look into their personal history.

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Can a Speeding Ticket Affect Your Job?

Receiving a speeding ticket may seem like a minor inconvenience at first. After all, it's just a traffic violation, right? But for many professionals, the consequences of a speeding ticket can extend far beyond a simple fine.

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What to Expect at Your Traffic Hearing

Traffic hearings can feel like a whirlwind of stress and uncertainty. Whether you're contesting a speeding ticket, facing a more serious violation, or facing any other traffic law issue for the first time, the legal process can be daunting.

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Do You Need an Attorney to Fight a Traffic Violation?

As a traffic law attorney, my biased answer to this question is a big fat YES. But, truthfully, the need for a traffic attorney depends on a few factors, including the severity of the violation, your driving record, and the potential consequences.

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New York’s Distracted Driving Laws

As we cruise through our busy streets, there's a silent menace that we all need to address—distracted driving. It's a widespread issue that's causing chaos on our roads and endangering the lives of motorists and pedestrians alike.

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Privacy Act vs FOIA

There are two fundamental laws in place to regulate your right to access information: the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. While these two acts may seem similar, they serve different purposes.

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What Are My Options if My FOIA Request Is Denied?

The federal government and the State of New York have laws that allow citizens to request information relating to any laws, regulations, decisions, and other records that an agency may possess. On the federal level, you can request information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). To request New York state information, you will go through the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

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License Suspensions and Revocation

Having your driver’s license suspended or revoked can be overwhelming and frustrating. Driving is essential for so many people, and losing the right to drive can severely impact your daily life and ability to commute to and from work.

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