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About Our Experienced Lawyer in Huntington: Larry E. Flowers, Esq.
Larry Flowers is a Lawyer in Huntington as well as a criminal and civil trial attorney that has taken several cases to favorable verdicts; including but not limited to, DWI, assault, sexual assault, criminal contempt, landlord/tenant, custody and support matters, and asset forfeitures.
Larry Flowers has been successful in having criminal charges dismissed after conducting pre-trial hearings and on his motion practice. Mr. Flowers has counseled clients through the drug court programs, ultimately avoiding criminal convictions and helping them understand and gain treatment for their addictions.
He has developed a style of his own that has proved very effective with both Judges and Assistant District Attorneys. His clients have come to know that he will analyze their situations with an experienced and critical eye and that he will construct the most persuasive and solid argument possible. Larry Flowers’ promise of integrity, respect, and professionalism has helped forge a solid reputation with his clients and in the courts which he practices.
What Are Our Primary Practice Areas?
Hit and Run Accidents
A hit and run accident occurs when a motorist hits another vehicle, person, or property and does not stop to give vital information such as their name, insurance information, drivers license information, or other required statements to the victim or local governing authority. Hit and run laws are different depending on what state and county that they occurred. It is not a violation of your constitutional rights to provide this information because it is a required report and not an admission of guilt. If you’re guilty of committing a hit and run crime, our lawyer in Huntington can give you the help you need. Contact Flowers Law Group today for the information and representation that you need!
How do hit and runs work?
Hit and runs in New York State can be considerable offenses, especially if someone is injured as a result. Leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging insurance information or waiting to file a police report can have effects with significant consequences. If no one is injured, by New York State law, a police report is not required, but you still have to provide insurance information. However, it is recommended for a police officer to write a report in this case to determine the cause of the accident and who is at fault. If someone is injured, the law requires you to contact and wait for a police officer to file a report.
What are the consequences?
Drivers who leave the scene of an accident and do not file a required report can face a variety of charges:
- Fines up to $250 for regular accidents and fines up to $5,000 for injury incidents.
- Three points on your license if you are convicted of a hit and run.
- Your license can be revoked for non-commercial drivers who leave the scene of an injury. Commercial drivers can have their licenses revoked for leaving the scene of a non-injury incident.
- A person can spend 15 days in jail for leaving the scene of a non-injury accident. In the case of injury, a person who leaves the scene of an accident without filing an official report or refusing to provide an officer with the required information can spend up to one year in jail.
- If convicted, you’re at risk of a permanent criminal record.
Although these charges are immense, it is common for people to be accused of such crimes and not be entirely at fault. Our lawyer in Huntington can represent you if you find yourself in this predicament. A common reason that some individuals may be accused of a hit and run is that the accused party may not even know they were in an accident. This is quite common in cases of none-injury incidents. In some cases, a person may not have thought there was any damage to the vehicle or person and was “waived” on to leave the scene.
If you are in this type of situation and need a lawyer in Huntington, then you should contact Flowers Law Group as soon as possible. You may not be at fault and may be falsely accused. Don’t take these matters lightly and be vigilant in protecting your civil liberties.
Criminal mischief is when a person damages another person’s property without his or her consent. More specifically, it is a crime governed by state laws that note, when someone damages tangible property of another purposefully, it is considered an act of criminal mischief. This tangible item is not taken but is defaced, altered, or damaged without permission. The amount of damage done can range from minor to massive. No matter how small the destruction, it still counts as an act of criminal mischief. If you believe you have been charged for damaging property, you should contact our lawyer in Huntington, Flowers Law Group.
What Does an Act of Criminal Mischief Look Like?
Criminal mischief can range from vandalism to using explosives that cause intentional damage. This action cannot be committed by accident. For example, if someone was playing baseball and hit a ball into your window on accident, this is not considered criminal mischief. However, if someone was to take a baseball bat and intentionally smash it into your window, this qualifies as criminal mischief. Flowers Law Group and our lawyer in Huntington can help you if you’ve been caught in the act of criminal mischief.
What are the Consequences of Criminal Mischief?
The consequences of criminal mischief vary from case to case and from state to state. These penalties can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity of the case. Penalties can include:
- Jail or prison – This sentence depends on the amount of damage.
- Fines – This is the most common penalty for criminal mischief.
- Restitution – Paying the property owner the amount of money for the damage done.
- Probation – Reporting to a probation officer to maintain appropriate behaviors.
Family Law – Visitation
Divorce is painful enough. Between the blood sweat and tears, the last thing a divorced couple wants to worry about is not being able to see their child. Unfortunately, it’s not likely that the divorced couple is going to stay in the same household, which means custody and visitation rights need to be granted. Neither visitation nor custody is black and white subject matters. There are a lot of factors that affect the outcome of both.
A parent that is granted child visitation means that they are allowed to visit the child when the visitation schedule allows it. Whereas, a parent that is granted custody of their child means that they are the ultimate decision-maker when it comes to their child. The different types of visitation include the following:
This is granted when the court allows a parent to visit their child, but only if another adult (social worker, family member,etc.) is present. The purpose of this is to ensure the child’s safety. This may be granted if the parent has a history of drugs or violence, mental illness, abandoned the child in some way, etc. The visits are determined in a location of the judge’s choosing and are watched by a monitor or person other than the adult supervisor. If the parent does everything the courts ask them to, they can potentially acquire supervised visitation at a future date.
This is granted when the court allows a parent to visit their child without anyone else present. In order to receive this court order, the judge has to see the person as fit to take care of their child. A lawyer can help a person prove that they’re a fit parent to the courts
Therapeutic supervised visitation
This granted when the court allows a person to visit their child, but only if a therapist is present. The purpose of this order is to help improve the relationship between the person it was granted to and their child. Instead of a monitor, the therapist keeps track of the person’s progress with the child.
How is it decided the amount of time you are able to spend with your child?
Deciding which parent should be able to be in their child’s life and for how long is a very complicated process. If it were up to the parents, most people would probably choose to spend every second they can with their child. For this reason, it’s left up to the courts to decide the best interests of the child. Some factors that determine custody and visitation rights are the following:
- Emotional Intelligence– Being a good parent is about more than just feeding, clothing, and picking up your child from school. It takes emotional intelligence. A good parent has to know how to love and communicate with their child. This includes their child’s likes and dislikes, their child’s strengths and weaknesses, showing affection toward the child, etc.
- Stability– Kids are very expensive. Younger children need diapers, formula, toys, etc. As they age they need someone to pay for their education, clothes, and entertainment. Therefore, a parent needs to have the financial stability to be able to properly support and provide for their child. A good parent also needs to be able to provide a good home for the child to grow up in, since the child doesn’t have the ability to do that on their own.
- Safety– If there is a question about the parent’s mental health, history of substance abuse, violence, etc. The courts are not going to put the child in harm’s way and will perform background checks when making the court order.
Contact Flowers Law Today For A Lawyer in Huntington
Overall, visitation is more than just showing up and spending time with the child. There are many different types (Supervised, unsupervised, and therapeutically supervised) of visitation each with their own unique circumstances. The type of visitation granted will be up to the judge and will be based on safety, stability, and emotional intelligence. If you are a parent that is in the middle of a custody/visitation battle, get in touch with a lawyer in Huntington at Flowers Law to receive the expert knowledge that you need to settle your dispute.
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What Differs Between Assault, Aggravated Assault, and Battery?
The terms assault and battery may be used interchangeably, however, assault, battery, and aggravated assault are separate charges with differing definitions. If you have an assault or battery case on your hands, contact Flowers Law Group, a criminal lawyer in Huntington, to fight for justice!
Our experienced attorney will provide you with representation that you can trust.
This is defined as intentionally threatening or attempting to physically harm another person, recognizing that causing another person to fear imminent harm is a punishable offense. Because of this definition, police officers can intervene and make arrests before a physical altercation arises, and prevent it from happening. To prove an assault, it must be proven that not only was there an intent to harm but also that the assailant was capable of causing such harm. If convicted, penalties may include a fine ranging from $1,000 to 5,000 and/or up-to 7 years in prison (depending upon the degree of assault).
This is the unconsented physical hitting, striking, or groping of another person. Unlike assault, battery must involve physical contact and harmful or offensive contact must be proven in court to bring a conviction. This may be shown through corroborating witnesses, photo/video evidence, etc. If convicted of battery, one may face up to $2,000 in fines and up to a year in jail. Our criminal lawyer in Huntington can assist you with your legal troubles in the event that you are involved in this type of incident.
Unlike the other charges, this is considered a felony offense, as it is the most extreme degree of assault. There are a couple of factors that may distinguish a charge from simple to aggravated assault. If the assault involves a deadly weapon, the intent to commit a serious crime, such as rape, or harming a minor/elderly person, it will be considered an aggravated assault. In New York, causing severe bodily harm or attempting sexual contact with someone under 14 years old also falls under aggravated assault. If convicted, punishment for aggravated assault includes 3 – 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Lawyer in Huntington– Flowers Law Group
In need of some legal guidance? You need a skillful and experienced attorney on your side. Contact Flowers Law Group, a criminal lawyer in Huntington, today! We are dedicated to guiding our clients through the legal process every step of the way. Visit our website or give us a call at (631) 629-4720 to learn how we can help you!
How To Deal With Squatters On Your Property
The process of removing a squatter from your property can be tricky. Don’t trust just anyone to represent you in these matters. Contact Flowers Law Group, a criminal lawyer in Huntington, to begin the process today!
Adverse Possession, what is it?
Adverse Possession aka Squatter Rights is a legal term for occupying someone else’s property. A squatter must live on the property openly and without permission for at least 10 continuous years to claim adverse possession in New York. However, in New York, the laws differ. A squatter is granted adverse possession after just 30 days of unwelcome occupancy! Once the adverse possession period (whether 30 days or 10 years) has passed, the owner must go through the legal eviction process to remove the squatter. This is a lengthy and expensive process! And until it is completed, they have the legal right to continue living there.
How can you protect yourself?
- Ensure any tenantless properties are locked up and well-secured.
- If you have a vacant property, check it frequently – especially if you are in New York City! If you’re an absentee landlord, hire a property manager or seek out a family member/friend in the area to check on your behalf.
- Know your local laws
- Contact a criminal lawyer in Huntington to receive fair and honest representation.
- Contact authorities
If you discover a squatter, it is important to immediately contact police. Timing is crucial, and the longer they stay there the more difficult it may be to evict. If the police find this to be a civil matter, then your next step is to begin the legal eviction process.
- Serve the proper forms that you have obtained
To file an eviction notice, there are 3 things you will need. They include:
- a Notice of Petition
- a Petition to Recover Possession of Real Property
- an Affidavit of Service
The Notice of Petition informs the tenant that the case has been filed along with the court date and location that has been set. The Petition to Recover Possession will explain the reason for this case is initially filed. The Affidavit of Service indicates how the squatter has been served (mail or hand delivery). Take the completed forms to court to file within 3 days of serving initial notice. If they still haven’t left after being served, you will have to attend court hearings.
- If they still won’t leave, contact the sheriff.
If you’ve won your lawsuit and they still will not vacate the property, contact a sheriff or police officer to remove them.
Lawyer in Huntington
If you are a landlord or tenant, in need of representation contact Flowers Law Group, a criminal lawyer in Huntington, to explore your options! Dealing with legal matters can be difficult and stressful. Let us walk you through this process every step of the way.
Was Your License Recently Suspended?
Did you recently find out that your license was suspended, and are not sure what to do next? When you are not able to drive for any amount of time it can be very detrimental to someones everyday life. The time frame of a license being suspended can vary on what type of violation you received. The lengths in which you will need to go to get your license back can vary based on the state. If you are looking for a Lawyer in Huntington, Flowers Law Group can help you today with all your troubles. Continue reading to understand the process of how and why your license could be suspended.
Often a lot of people do not think about losing their driver’s license while rolling through a stop sign or texting while driving. But the result could mean a suspended license for a few months or even years.
Below you will find several different reasons why one’s license could be suspended:
If you are driving around with an uninsured vehicle and you get pulled over or into an accident it could lead to suspension of your license or even worst the DMV can revoke your license entirely.
Driving While Intoxicated
- If you get behind the wheel or any type of motorized vehicle it could lead to severe crime. While under the influence, it causes slow reaction time, loss of concentration, blurry vision, and much more. If you or someone you know who recently had a DWI contact Flowers Law Group, a Lawyer in Huntington.
Receiving Too Many Traffic Tickets
- In the United States, your driving tickets are tracked by the number of points a driver gets from a ticket. If you hit a certain amount of tickets and points on your license, eventually your license may be suspended or revoked. Suspension of a license can also be caused by not paying for your traffic tickets.
Failure To Pay For Child Support
- The DMV could suspend your license when the NYS Office contact them about unpaid child support.
Unpaid State Tax Debts
- This can depend on what state you live in, but the DMV will send you a pre-suspension notice, before your suspension date. And if the person fails to resolve their debt, the DMV will suspend the driver’s license on the exact date they notified you.
Lawyer in Huntington
If you or someone you know has recently found out their license is going to be suspended a Lawyer in Huntington can help you today. Contact Flowers Law Group if you have any additional questions so we can advocate for you.