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.
Firefighters from four different New York fire departments responded to a crash scene in Orange County on a recent Saturday afternoon. While the New Windsor accident reconstruction unit continued its investigation, a 51-year-old man was sent to jail on $10,000 cash bail or bond. He is awaiting his next court hearing to face drunk driving charges and more.
With the celebrations of the Fourth of July over and done with, life returns to normal for most. However, there are sure to be some New York drivers who were pulled over in DUI checkpoints. In the aftermath, many will be facing drunk driving charges, and some might be wondering about the legality of DUI checkpoints.
Drivers in New York may be unsure about their legal rights when they are pulled off the road by law enforcement. Nobody wants to face drunk driving charges, but what will happen if a driver refuses to submit to a field sobriety test? Refusing a blood or breath test might lead to losing driving privileges, but will the same apply to a field sobriety test?