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New law makes drunk boating a felony if there are past DWIs

Summertime has arrived to New York, and residents are flocking to the state's lakes and waterways to enjoy some fun boating on the water. Sometimes individuals on boats consume alcohol, and most of them do so responsibly. However, boaters should take note that a recently passed law could impose on them felony charges for drunk boating.

When may police in New City legally pull a driver over?

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer season in New City. People are heading out to the beach, on camping trips, to neighborhood block parties or simply grilling out in their own backyards. It is not unusual for a person to have a drink or two on such occasions and then drive home. However, police across the state will be on the lookout this summer for those they believe are driving under the influence of alcohol.

What are some examples of drugged driving in New York?

Many New York residents are familiar with the problems caused by drunk driving, but they may be surprised to hear that drugged driving can also lead to an arrest. Certain drugs, whether they are illegal narcotics, perfectly legal prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines can all cause different effects to an individual's brain.

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in New York?

With the St. Patrick's festivities here, police across the United States may be setting up what are known as "sobriety checkpoints." Individuals in New York may wonder why they are legal. After all, 12 states in the nation have actually deemed them to be illegal, and police usually need reasonable suspicion to stop a driver.

What happens if an underage driver is accused of drunk driving?

Individuals under age 21 in New York who are accused of drunk driving face different consequences than those who are 21-years-old or older. This is because the legal drinking age in New York, and nationwide, is age 21. Therefore, those under age 21 are subject to the state's "zero tolerance" laws.

Improper breath test calibration can yield faulty results

If people are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence in New York, it is entirely possible that the police may ask them to submit to a breath test. However, these tests are not infallible. In fact, an improperly calibrated breath test instrument or the improper use of such an instrument can lead to a faulty reading.

Man faces multiple drunk driving charges after wrong-way drive

Law enforcement in New York is constantly on the lookout for drivers who might be operating their vehicles under the influence. When a person is charged with DWI, there are numerous problems that the accused drunk driver will face. These include possible jail time, hefty fines and the loss of driving privileges among many other penalties. This is why when a driver is arrested, he or she needs to know how to formulate a strong defense regardless of the circumstances.

High-speed chase in Clarkstown results in criminal charges

Seeing the flash of red and blue police lights in your rearview mirror can be a scary experience. You may not even know why you are being pulled over until it happens. However, ignoring those signals and fleeing the scene will only result in negative consequences.

Consider help if facing drunk driving charges this holiday

This holiday season, whether it is the office holiday party, a family get-together or a New Year's eve celebration, people across New City, New York, will celebrate with alcohol. Most people handle these situations responsibly, and will not get behind the wheel of a car when drunk. Unfortunately, even those who drink responsibly can still be wrongfully accused of drunk driving.

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