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Drunk driving charges and the right to refuse roadside testing

Drivers in New York may be unsure about their legal rights when they are pulled off the road by law enforcement. Nobody wants to face drunk driving charges, but what will happen if a driver refuses to submit to a field sobriety test? Refusing a blood or breath test might lead to losing driving privileges, but will the same apply to a field sobriety test?

New York father faces drunk driving charges under Leandra's Law

New York State has a Child Passenger Protection Act that is also called Leandra's Law. This law was named for a girl who was killed in a crash when she was 11 years old. The driver of the car in which Leandra was a passenger was impaired, and he later pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges. A driver in Farmingville is facing similar charges after he was arrested on a recent Sunday.

Drunk driving charges filed against former FDNY Union leader

Being accused of impaired driving in New York can be detrimental to anyone's career, regardless of whether a conviction is ultimately secured. This was underscored by the arrest of the Executive Director of the New York City Fire Pension Fund who was reportedly relieved from his position immediately upon his arrest. Drunk driving charges or driving while impaired by narcotics or prescription medication can result in job loss even before the accused person appears in court.

Drunk driving charges: Misdemeanors vs. felonies

No driver wants to lose his or her driving privileges, especially if it follows only a few drinks shared over lunch or an evening with friends -- which might have included one too many. Some New York drivers are unsure about when drunk driving charges will be misdemeanors and when will they be felony charges. There are certain circumstances under which a DUI charge will automatically be a felony.

Drunk driving charges: Can field sobriety tests be challenged?

Drivers who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI in New York are often subjected to field sobriety tests. This is one method for law enforcement to determine whether drunk driving charges can be filed. Several potential challenges exist to use as a defense against field sobriety tests in court.

Drunk driving charges: Avoid these errors in field sobriety tests

Young drivers in New York who are new to the freedom and exhilaration of having a driver's license and everything that goes with it may find themselves in circumstances where they get pulled over by law enforcement. Speeding, erratic driving and even a broken taillight could be the cause. Whatever the reason, the officer may suspect the driver of being impaired. The manner in which the driver handles what follows may determine whether he or she will face drunk driving charges or be permitted to leave with a warning or traffic citation.

Plenty of evidence to consider for a DUI

Every criminal charge has a legal process behind it. Drunk driving charges, in particular, are noteworthy for the numerous steps, procedures, rules, and measures of compliance that must be followed throughout the legal process. For an individual charged with a DUI, how does all of this impact them?

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