News and Updates from Law Offices of Daniel A. McGuinness, PC

What is a repugnant verdict?

December 6, 2016 in DWI, Frequently Asked Questions
repugnant verdict

It’s not unusual for a losing party to have plenty of negative things to say about a jury verdict.  But what is the difference between an unpleasant, unwanted or bad verdict and a repugnant verdict? Simply put, a repugnant verdict is one where the defendant is found guilty to the top charge, but not to a lesser-included […]


The New York State Drinking Driver Program

November 29, 2016 in DWI, Marijuana & Other Drugs
Drinking Driver Program

Plea bargains for first-offense DWI cases will typically include a conditional discharge, one of the conditions being the defendant’s participation in the New York State Drinking Driver Program (DDP). The DDP consists of a set of classes, totaling a minimum of 15 hours, which are meant to deter the defendant from committing future violations by […]


Pressing Criminal Charges: Who makes the call?

July 26, 2016 in Frequently Asked Questions
pressing criminal charges

In movies and television shows, you frequently see that the victim of a crime deciding to “press charges,” or later wanting to “drop the charges.”  These are handy plot devices used to create twists and turns in the storyline, but in reality victims often have much less control over pressing criminal charges and, in fact, over the case […]


DWI Conviction and Travel to Canada

June 20, 2016 in DWI, Frequently Asked Questions
Travel To Canada

I have been arrested for a DWI or DUI offense.  Can I still travel to Canada? If you have been convicted of a DWI or DUI offense in New York or elsewhere in the United States, you may be refused entry into Canada on the grounds of criminal inadmissibility. It is important to understand how criminal […]