As this blog has mentioned before, drunk driving in this state will almost always be treated as at least a criminal misdemeanor, even for a first-time offense. Under New York law, even misdemeanors can land a person in jail and can result in other significant penalties.
As people in New City, New York, and the surrounding communities probably know just from experience, drunk driving charges can lead to serious consequences.
The Christmas and New Year's holiday are times when many people in New York City and the surrounding communities and counties like to get together and have fun with friends and relatives. Of course, for many people, this includes enjoying a few drinks.
According to a recent report, New York lawmakers considered seriously whether they should lower the legal limit in this state to .05 blood alcohol content, or .05 BAC. Currently, the legal limit is .08, and a person driving with this much alcohol in their system, or more, runs the risk of facing the serious drunk driving charges.
One thing that makes the already serious situation of facing DWI charges here in New York even more high-stakes is if a person is accused of driving with a BAC of 0.18 or more. That’s because, under state drunk driving law, driving with a BAC at or above this threshold isn’t a standard DWI offense, but is instead aggravated DWI.
When a passenger of a negligent driver dies from injuries suffered in New York car accident, the driver might be held accountable in a civil court. However, if the driver that caused the accident was impaired at the time of the crash, criminal charges will likely also follow. A 45-year-old man from Long Island was recently arrested, and he now faces drunk driving charges.
A spokesperson for a New York school says a teacher who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in the Bronx was suspended, and her employment will likely be terminated. This underscores the fact that drunk driving charges can have an adverse impact on an accused person's career, even before a conviction. Police claim this teacher was impaired at the time of the accident.
Drivers in New York who face criminal charges will likely do whatever they can to avoid a conviction. A conviction on drunk driving charges can have horrible effects on anyone's life. It can jeopardize employment, good name, driving privileges and more.
Drivers in New York who exceed the speed limit, drive erratically or have malfunctioning brake lights or other problems with their vehicles will always be at risk of being pulled over. What they say and do when this happens could lead to drunk driving charges. For this reason, many drivers call their attorneys immediately when they suspect they might be accused of driving while impaired.
The MTA recently suspended a 24-year-old New York bus driver after an incident in which he allegedly rammed the bus into a number of vehicles. Apparently, there were nine passengers on the bus as it traveled through Brooklyn. Now facing drunk driving charges, the driver was arraigned and released without bail. Reportedly, the incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday.