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How can you defend yourself against drunk driving charges?

If you are facing charges involving the operation of a vehicle while intoxicated, you could be facing penalties that may change the course of your life. You know that a strong defense is crucial, but do you know where you begin with this process? You would be wise to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible after an arrest or the filing of formal charges.

Even if you do not see how, it is possible to effectively defend against drunk driving charges. Whether it's your first offense or you have previous drunk driving convictions on your record, your future is worth protecting. With experienced legal counsel and a carefully crafted defense approach, you can challenge the case against you and preserve your rights and personal freedom.

Can driving while hungover lead to a DWI charge?

While you may enjoy going out with friends or to a party and having a few drinks, you understand the importance of not driving after drinking. As a result, when you've had a night out, you may choose to stay over with a friend rather than hopping in your car and going home. Of course, even the next morning, you may feel the effects of your fun time.

Being hungover is not usually anyone's idea of an enjoyable experience. Still, you may think that, since you gave yourself time to sleep off the drinking, you are well and able to drive. Unfortunately, a police officer may think differently.

Do you understand the possible consequences of a speeding ticket?

Most people want to get to their destinations quickly. As a result, it is not uncommon for drivers to travel a few miles over the speed limit. However, even a few miles over the limit could result in a speeding ticket, and if officers believe that you were traveling at an excessive speed, the potential penalties for a ticket could be more severe.

From points on your driver record to possible jail time, a speeding ticket can lead to consequences that you should not just brush off. If an officer issues you a ticket, you may want to consider the possible repercussions and whether fighting the ticket could work in your favor.

Aggressive driving could lead to traffic tickets

When most New York drivers get behind the wheel of their vehicles, they want to get to their destinations as seamlessly as possible. In some cases, a drive may start out going smoothly, but for one reason or another, a driver may begin to feel agitated. Maybe another traveler is going under the speed limit, or maybe someone cut off someone else. For various reasons, it is easy to become angered while driving.

Though these feelings do not always lead to instances of road rage, they can lead to aggressive driving. You may not consider yourself an overly aggressive person, but it is possible that you have carried out a few aggressive actions before or may even do so regularly without realizing it.

Did the officer have reason to pull you over on suspicion of DWI?

As you drive, you may at some point notice flashing lights in your rearview mirror. If you were speeding or failed to come to a complete stop at that last stop sign, you may know why the officer decided to pull you over.

However, you may not know what you did to gain the officer's attention. You may not think you violated any traffic laws, so why is he or she pulling you over? Surely, the officer has to have a reason to pull you over and can't do so "just because," especially if you end up under suspicion for drunk driving.

The steep penalties associated with underage DWI

The penalties and consequences associated with drunk driving are steep, but they can be especially harsh for underage offenders. If you are under the age of 21, a DWI can have a significant impact on your life, including your future opportunities. It's in your interests to take your situation seriously and learn more about what you are up against. 

New York does not tolerate underage drinking and driving. Even a small amount of alcohol in your system could land you in jail if you decide to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. As a minor facing a serious criminal offense, you would be wise to take immediate steps to protect your future interests, fight the charges against you and work to mitigate the penalties you are up against.

Don't underestimate traffic violations in New York

When you get a speeding ticket or a citation for a traffic violation in New York, it may not seem like a big deal. After all, you can just pay the fine and move forward, right? In reality, this course of action can lead to penalties and consequences that can affect your life in many ways. It is in your interests to take your situation seriously. 

A traffic violation can impact your life in more ways than you may think. It may be worthwhile to fight the traffic violation in order to keep points off your license, your insurance rates down and your future free from complications. Your right to drive and other things could be on the line, and simply paying the fine may not be the best option.

What happens if you get a traffic ticket in New York?

When you get a traffic ticket, you may think the simplest way to deal with it is just to pay it and move on. Doing this is an admission of guilt, however, and this can bring more complication and serious consequences than you expect. Before you make any choices regarding how to deal with your traffic ticket or moving violation, you may want to learn about the options available to you. 

Traffic violations can lead to suspension of your license, points on your record, increased insurance rates and more. If you drive for a living, it can impact your ability to continue with your job. Fighting back against a traffic violation may be in your interests, and you don't have to do it alone. It may help to work with an experienced attorney to protect your right to drive and mitigate the penalties you are facing.

Marijuana possession in New York is a serious offense

If you are facing criminal charges of marijuana possession in New York, your situation may be more serious than you originally presumed. While this type of criminal offense may not seem very serious, it can actually result in penalties that can change the direction of your life. It is in your interests to take your case seriously and work diligently to fight these charges against you.

Marijuana possession comes with penalties that include everything from time behind bars to expensive fines. Thankfully, entering a guilty plea is not your only option, nor is a conviction. With the right help, you can successfully fight these charges and work diligently to protect your future interests.

Is it worth it to fight a speeding ticket?

Like many in New York, you have a lot on your plate and a limited time to get things done. It may seem like you are always in a hurry or always running late. For that reason, it may not have been a surprise to you when police pulled you over for speeding. It may seem like no big deal, and you may decide you are just too busy to take the time to fight the fine. However, a fine is only the beginning.

Paying your fine amounts to accepting a guilty plea. Depending on the circumstances, your guilty plea may also place you at risk of getting points on your record. Points accumulate quickly and can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges. A ticket for speeding may also mean your insurance rates will spike. These are two important reasons to fight a speeding ticket with the help of a legal professional.

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