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Fighting drunk driving charges in New York

Seeing red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror is usually never a good sign. This may especially be true if you are accused of drunk driving. Being put through field sobriety tests can be intimidating, as can having to submit to a breath test. This is especially true given the serious consequences that could follow drunk driving charges.

Driver's license suspension versus revocation in New York

Depending on the circumstances, sometimes when a person in New York is charged with a drunk driving offense, they may face the revocation or suspension of their driver's license. This can be very damaging on a person's everyday life. Driving is a necessity for many people, as it may be their only way to travel to work, run errands or go pretty much anywhere. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between the revocation of one's driver's license and the suspension of one's driver's license.

12-year-old boy killed in alleged drunk driving accident

A New York man was recently charged for driving while intoxicated after a fatal motor vehicle accident. The 59-year-old man reportedly was driving a SUV in the middle of the day and struck five Boy Scouts, ages 12 to 16, who were walking along the shoulder of a street lined with trees. One of the boys, age 12, died from his injuries, another boy suffered serious injuries and the other three boys suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The man apparently told officers that he had three drinks at a golf club near the scene.

What to expect from a DUI arrest in New York

Getting arrested for a DUI is a serious matter. Even first-time offenders in New York face serious criminal penalties, possibly including license suspension, significant fines, enrollment in a drunk driving program and even jail time. The best way to potentially avoid some or all of these penalties is to prepare for what lies ahead in the DUI process.

What are aggravated DWIs and DWAIs in New York?

Drunk driving charges are often DWIs, meaning the driver was driving while legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher. If one is a first time offender, it is likely that their license will be revoked for a minimum of six months and will pay a fine of $500 to $1,000. One may also serve up to one year in jail. However, anytime one drinks alcohol and gets behind the wheel, there is a chance they could face drunk driving charges other than just a standard DUI.

Government campaigns against DWIs involving drugged driving

People in New York may think that DWAIs can only be assessed against drunk drivers. However, a drugged driver can also be charged with driving while ability impaired, as drugs can impair a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle. And, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking steps to bring awareness about the issue of drugged driving.

Woman faces DUI charges with children in the car

Anytime you drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, you may be charged with drunk driving in the state of New York. However, driving with a child in the car while intoxicated can result in even more serious charges, especially if the child is injured or killed.

CEO of NASCAR arrested in New York for DUI, drug possession

The chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Brian France, is facing DUI and drug possession charges after a traffic stop in early August. The 56-year-old man was apparently pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign. During the stop, the officer allegedly noted that France appeared intoxicated. When police searched him, they allegedly found oxycodone pills in his possession. According to officers, France's blood alcohol limit at the time of his arrest was more than twice New York's legal limit of .08 percent.

Drunk driving could result in vehicular manslaughter charges

Most of us are aware that driving a vehicle while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is a crime in the state of New York and can result in drunk driving charges and a DUI conviction. However, if someone was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident, then you may be charged with intoxicated manslaughter and face even more serious consequences.

What can I expect from a field sobriety test?

During a routine traffic stop, a New York officer may suspect that you have had too much to drink and ask you to submit to a field sobriety test, also known as a roadside sobriety test. The results of these tests are often subjective, but can be used against you if you are charged with a DUI.

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