A 31-year-old New York man faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced for aggravated vehicular assault in November. The Utica resident pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular assault in an Erie County courtroom on Sept. 15 as part of a prearranged plea agreement. The man originally faced a raft of charges in connection with a New Year's Day drunk driving accident that left four people seriously injured. The accident took place on Richmond Avenue in Buffalo at approximately 1:00 a.m.
A Long Island man has been sentenced for a fatal DWI hit-and-run that took place in December 2014 when he collided with a vehicle on Southern State Parkway. He was found guilty on a variety of charges and was sentenced on Aug. 11 to no less than 14 years in prison.
On April 26, it was reported that a New York man who was charged with a DWI in connection with a two-car accident that resulted in four deaths pleaded guilty. The man had potentially been facing manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges, but a grand jury declined to issue these charges as they determined that the other driver was responsible for causing the deaths.
On March 29, it was reported that a New York teenager was charged with felony DWI after he was accused of causing a car accident while he had two underage passengers in his vehicle. According to authorities, the 19-year-old Commack man was driving on March 28 when he crashed the vehicle into a stop sign, a light pole and finally a tree.
According to a press release issued by the New York State Police, a 29-year-old man from Riverhead, N.Y., was arrested for driving while intoxicated. At the time of his arrest, he had two children with him in the vehicle, ages 10 and 12.
The state of New York takes driving while intoxicated very seriously. The punishments for both DWI and aggravated DWI can be very similar, though drivers could potentially face additional penalties depending on the circumstances.
On Sept. 25, a New York man was handed several felony charges after a traffic stop. The 26-year-old man was pulled over at 12:28 a.m. in East Hampton while he was driving along westbound Route 114 near Stephen Hands Path. East Hampton Town Police say that the accused man showed signs of intoxication including bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech and an unsteady gait.
Motorists in New York may face vehicular assault charges when they cause serious injuries to others while driving under the intoxicated influence of alcohol or drugs. However, they could receive a stronger aggravated vehicular assault charge, which is a class C felony, in some situations. This is a very serious charge and can lead to a custodial sentence of up to 15 years in addition to fines and a lengthy driving ban.
In New York, a man is facing new DWI charges following a three-car crash that claimed the life of one woman and caused her husband to be seriously injured. The couple's 23-year-old son was also hurt in the accident, which happened on June 26. According to sources, the alleged drunk driver had previously been charged with DWI in 2006.
New York residents may know that driving under the influence of drugs such as cannabis is illegal. According to the AAA safety foundation, laws determining whether a driver is impaired by marijuana have no scientific merit. States such as Colorado, Montana and Pennsylvania determine whether a driver is impaired based on how much THC is in their system. However, researchers say that it is almost impossible to determine whether a driver has used recently or has merely used at some point in the past.