Accusations of driving while intoxicated can come with serious repercussions in New York, if one is convicted that could affect the accused for months or years to come. That is why it is important to understand these types of charges, so one can wage a defense against them.
Recently, a fatal crash lead to DWI charges for a 59-year-old New York woman. A 45-year-old man was reportedly riding his motorcycle, when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with an automobile that was waiting at a red light. According to police, he then struck a second automobile driven by the accused. The motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash. The accused reportedly remained at the scene of the accident, and now faces DWI charges.
Multi-vehicle crashes often carry with them the potential for criminal accusations. Drunk driving charges can be especially serious. They could lead much more than fines and even jail time in more serious circumstances. If convicted, the accused could have their license suspended, could have an ignition interlock device placed on their vehicle, could be forced to go to alcohol education classes or even have their vehicle confiscated.
All of these penalties could have an extremely damaging effect on the accused's day-to-day activities. For example, losing one's license could make it difficult to go to work, run errands and take care of other basic activities that take place during the accused's daily life. Therefore, it is important for those charged with DWI to face these charges head-on, and develop a good plan of defense. Working with a legal professional can often prove helpful in these types of cases.
Source: The New York Post, "Woman arrested for drunk driving after deadly crash," Kirstan Conley, July 27, 2014