New York country music fans may be shocked to hear that Alan Jackson's daughter was taken into police custody after allegedly being involved in an altercation with an officer during a traffic stop. According to the officer's affidavit, she had been a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over. She reportedly exited the vehicle before striking the officer on the chest.
While some people in Dutchess County may believe that a drunk driving conviction is relatively minor, they may not understand just how serious of a charge it can really be. Not only will a conviction mean a permanent record, but it could also mean the loss of a driver's license, a fine or even jail time. For someone under the age of 21, however, the consequences are even more serious.
Underage drinking is a serious concern for many parents, police officers and establishments that sell alcohol. It can be bad enough when adults drive while intoxicated, but a person under the age of 21 who is driving drunk can be potentially more dangerous. Underage drinking also has many negative consequences that can shatter a strong educational future. The following story about one area's efforts to stop alcohol sales to minors may interest readers in Poughkeepsie.
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.
Drinking and driving is a dangerous combination, but not all cases are as clear-cut as the media often suggests. There is a large amount of speculation related to many DUI cases, and careful examination of the evidence may reveal a completely different story than the one issued by law enforcement.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that his office has filed a lawsuit against 16 so-called head shops across the state. He wants to shut them down for selling banned substances since the ban was enacted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in October 2011.
Earlier this month in a New York City subway station, Scout Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis was arrested for underage drinking and using a fake driver's license. The 20-year-old Brown University student was released on her own recognizance without having to post bail and ordered to appear in criminal court on July 31.
Dutchess County officials have kicked off a STOP-DWI program called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The Dutchess County executives and legislators told residents not to "drink and drive. It's just not worth the risk."
It's prom and graduation season. Summer time means teens will be celebrating and probably on the road every hour of the day or night. Therefore, many of your neighbors are instilling rules for their new drivers this summer. According to the Teen Safe Driving Coalition, the risk of a teen driver crashing goes up 48 percent for each additional passenger they have in the vehicle with them. That's why some parents do not allow any passengers in the car with their young drivers.
In 2008, Dutchess County adopted the state of New York's "Social Host Law." The law says that any adult - 18 years of age or older - will face consequences for allowing anyone under 21 years old to drink alcohol at their residence. The basic idea was to hold those over 18 responsible whenever they permitted the consumption of alcohol by minors. The only exception to the rule would be if a parent gave their express permission to their own children to drink alcoholic beverages in their presence, or as part of a religious observance. The first criminal offense would carry consequences anywhere from a fine of $250 up to a year in a jail.