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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.

Do you know your options for getting home after drinking?

Having a few drinks is not necessarily a crime in and of itself. As long as you are of legal age and are consuming responsibly, you should not have any problems with law enforcement. Of course, matters do not always go as planned, and the chance exists that you could end up under the scrutiny of an officer if he or she suspects you of drinking and driving.

Because you want to avoid that scenario at all costs, you probably think ahead and consider your options for getting home. Fortunately, most people in New York have a number of choices for getting a ride safely.

Driver's license suspension and reinstatement

If you live in upstate New York or anywhere in the Hudson Valley, you know how important your vehicle is. Unlike residents in some parts of the state, you may depend on your vehicle to get to work, transport the kids to their obligations, and take care of daily errands and responsibilities. Trying to imagine a day without your vehicle may fill you with stress as you wonder how you will ever accomplish the things you need to do.

However, if the state of New York suspends or revokes your driver's license, you may be dealing with this scenario for considerably longer than one day. Losing your driving privileges usually means you have acted in some way that authorities consider a risk. It is important that you understand how easy it is to find yourself in such a situation and the options you have for resolving the matter and getting back on the road.

How will new car alcohol sensors affect my rights?

Through actions like lowering the allowable blood alcohol concentration, raising fines and other penalties, and mandating consent for breath tests, state and federal lawmakers continue to try to lower the terrifying statistic that 30 people die each day in alcohol-related traffic accidents. While you may agree that this is a noble effort, if you have ever faced accusations of drunk driving, you also know how easy it is to watch your rights go out the window when authorities are zealous in their cause.

Ignition interlock is one of the newer technologies the justice system uses to fight drunk driving. This device attaches to your vehicle's ignition system and prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol when you blow into its mouthpiece. Now, lawmakers are working to pass a law requiring all new vehicles to have similar systems for every driver.

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