It is no secret that Fourth of July is a holiday enjoyed by millions throughout the country. Barbeques, boating and booze seem to go together at this time. However, for those in New York during the Fourth, it is important to plan a sober ride as there is a statewide focus on stopping drunk drivers.
Over Labor Day, New York State Police were out in force to catch drunk drivers. If you were pulled over and arrested for DWI over the holiday weekend or at another time, you have options and rights under the law.
Everyone on the road is a potential victim when someone chooses to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, including the drunk driver's passengers. In New York, DWI charges can lead to prison time, license suspension and other severe consequences, especially when the driver's actions result in fatalities. Adults under the age of 21 charged with DWI may have fewer options to combat a damaging criminal record and should focus on building a strong defense.
A drunk driving conviction in the state of New York can have serious consequences for the driver involved. In the case of a conviction, the driver not only faces a driver's license suspension but may also face jail time, higher insurance premiums and possible vehicle surcharges. A strong DWI defense can help drivers avoid such penalties or lead to a resolution that doesn't involve a permanent criminal record, as is the case with the New York Giants' David Diehl.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can bring serious penalties for those who are caught. If the person causes an accident while intoxicated, then the penalties are compounded, especially if the person is charged with felony drunk driving. Anyone who is accused of driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired or another impairment-related charge should seek as much information about the charges and possible penalties as possible.
Driving while intoxicated can have a devastating impact on the personal and professional life of anyone convicted of the charge. Legal consequences can include fines, jail time and license suspension or loss, but for many, they can also involve job loss. These consequences often become more severe for repeat drunk driving offenses.
In the state of New York, a DWI conviction can have wide-reaching consequences for the convicted. Not only will a conviction likely lead to the loss of driving privileges unless hardship can be proven, but it also can lead to possible jail time and fines. There are a variety of situations that may cause a driver to be arrested for driving while over the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, and a recent incident involving a nearly nude woman arrested for DWI demonstrates just how varied those arrested for DWI can be.
When someone is arrested for DWI charges, police may add other charges such as an illegal open container, resisting arrest or other traffic violations. In such cases, defendants can face more severe penalties than if they were only charged with DWI. A New York man is in just such a situation after an arrest for drunk driving.
In the state of New York, DWI offenses add up, with the penalty for each additional incident resulting in increased penalties. Felony drunk driving charges are the result of receiving a second DWI charge after being previously convicted of a drunk driving offense within the last 10 years. As a felony, a charge can carry larger fines, increased time behind bars and possible license revocation, penalties that one Scarsdale resident now faces due to a recent late-night accident.
The Share Christmas and Holiday program in Pearl River was interrupted Friday night by a driver who police say was drunk. Police say the 46-year-old driver maneuvered around barricades and police cars that blocked off the event that was taking place on South Main Street.