When America was first being formed, it was decided that the states should have the right to create their own laws. To this day, the same principle is true. Unfortunately though, this creates a problem for citizens today. That's because we are a very mobile society now, crossing from one state to another. When we visit these other states, we have to abide by their laws. But because not all laws are worded the same, you might find yourself trying to assert rights you might not have.
If you're like a lot of our readers who have received a DWI in their lifetime, you probably don't want to incur another drunk-driving conviction. That's because you likely know that multiple DWI convictions can escalate penalties and can even lead to time in a state prison. Most people want to avoid this negative outcome, which oftentimes means learning as much as they can about the law so that they don't violate it down the road.
The law is pretty clear here in New York: drinking and driving is illegal and if you are convicted of this very serious crime, you will suffer the legal consequences which can range from fines to license suspensions to time in jail. But what about in other states? Are the risks of drinking and driving as severe? More to the point, how does New York stack up against other states in effectiveness of curbing DUIs?
In New York, there are certainly collateral consequences for driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired. Depending on the specifics, the consequences can range and include everything from expensive fines to a license suspension and jail time. These consequences can greatly impact a person's professional and personal life.
The guessing game of figuring out whether you are okay to drive after having a drink or two can be very tricky. You subjectively feel below the legal limit, but the police may say otherwise. As a result, you could end up getting arrested for DWI even when you swear you were not obviously intoxicated.
New York has a lot of colleges. So do the states all around the Northeast. And New York City is one major attraction for young people who may be students in the region.
It might take some doing, but that shouldn't prevent us all from making the effort to avoid getting arrested for driving while impaired. That said, if you do find yourself facing DWI charges, the best thing to remember is that you have rights, including the right to an attorney.
America's War of Independence won this nation's freedom from the king of England. We celebrate the birth of our nation this weekend and police are promising to be out in force. Their goal will be to keep the roads free of suspected drunk drivers. That suggests that red, white and blue lights will be visible across the Hudson Valley and they won't all be from fireworks.
When Luke Skywalker blasts his first imperial TIE fighter to smithereens in "Star Wars," he cheers. To which Han Solo sarcastically remarks, "Great, kid. Don't get cocky." That may be advice that a lot of people might do well to take to heart.
The word "knowingly" is an important one, as the case of Kerry Kennedy serves to illustrate. As readers may have heard, Kennedy was acquitted today of impaired driving in connection with vehicle accident that occurred back in July 2013.