If one is arrested and charged with drunk driving, the state may bring a case. It is in one's best interest to know what to expect from the prosecution to defend themselves.
Police officers go to extremes to make sure that people do not drive while intoxicated. However, not all drivers facing DUI charges are guilty. Former New York Mets player and current minor league manager, Jesus Feliciano, was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence, but is contending that he was wrongfully arrested.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving is responsible for the deaths of close to 10,000 people each year. As a result, law enforcement officials in New York and all across the country are doing everything they can to penalize drivers for driving under the influence. Drivers convicted of a DUI or DWI can face substantial fines, jail time, mandatory alcohol assessments, automatic license suspensions and mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. A convicted driver's penalties will vary based on the number of convictions the driver has had, the driver's blood alcohol content at the time of the accident and whether anyone was injured or killed.
If you have been arrested on a drunk driving charge in New York, you may be concerned about your future. A drunk driving conviction comes with a number of consequences, depending on the facts of your case.
An ambulette driver in New York is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving while intoxicated on the job. The 45-year-old driver was transporting a dialysis patient to a treatment center in Nassau County when he crashed the vehicle into two utility poles. The driver struck one of the poles, left the scene and proceeded to strike another pole a mile away. Witnesses say that the van was almost pushed into oncoming traffic, which would have caused further damage.
New York state police recently arrested a man in Hampton Bays because he failed to keep in the right lane. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, and he was taken to the state police barracks at Riverside. His blood alcohol content was measured at .12%, and he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI.) At this point, the case was unremarkable, but further investigation revealed that the driver had a prior conviction for DWI. Thus, the new violation became a felony. The case demonstrates how a driver's past record for drunk driving can follow him or her for many years.
Drunk driving is a familiar cause of horrific traffic accidents in New York City and its suburbs, but the connection between drug usage and car accidents is not as well-known. A recent two-car accident in Rockland County that police have blamed on the alleged abuse of prescription drugs may help people realize that being charged with driving while under the influence of drugs, even prescription drugs, can have equivalent consequences to being accused of drunk driving.
Driving an automobile while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in New York. The severity of the crime and its punishment in the criminal law system depends upon the amount of alcohol (or drugs) in the driver's blood at the time of the arrest.
Times Square is normally filled with pedestrians, especially during the noon hour in the summer. A driver who claims to have heard voices, and who may have been high on drugs, drove his car into Times Square crowd, killing one person injuring 22 others. The question being asked by police is not how the accident unfolded, but what motivated the driver to engage in such dangerous conduct. Was the incident the result of drunk driving or some other interference with the driver's cognitive abilities?
Tow trucks and their drivers are supposed to help people when their cars are disabled or involved in a collision. A recent accident in a suburban county northeast of New York City stood this scenario on its head, as a tow truck driver collided with another vehicle, injuring two people. The tow truck driver has been charged with drunk driving and texting while driving.