While a DWI is a serious criminal offense that many drivers in New York might be accused of in his or her lifetime, it also could carry serious consequences. Our law firm understands that being convicted for drunk driving could have serious negative effects. Not only are driving privileges impacted, but depending on the details and severity of the offense, a driver's personal and professional life could be impacted by a DWI conviction as well. Because of this, it is important that drivers understand their legal defense options.
When a driver is pulled over by a police officer, he or she has numerous concerns. If the driver is suspected of drunk driving, many of his or her concerns may revolve around legal rights during the stop and what to do if he or she ends up charged with a DWI. Our law firm understands that New Yorkers who are suspected of drunk driving seek to protect their rights and driving privileges. Depending on the circumstances, this could be a serious criminal charge resulting in serious penalties and long-term consequences.
During the holidays, there is a concern for alcohol-related accidents. Due to this, most states initiate enforcement campaigns to reduce drunk driving. Drivers in New York should understand the law regarding these traffic stops as well as the potential penalties they could face. This information could help them strategize a defense against a drunk driving charge.
When New York drivers are pulled over, they often expect officers to question them about the details of stop. When an accident occurs, authorities seek to understand the cause and assign fault. That's why drivers may go through a series of questions and may even be subjected to some tests. When a driver is suspected of being under the influence, a filed sobriety test and blood alcohol test are often administered. The results could cause the driver to face a DUI and serious penalties.
A drunk driving conviction can have serious effects on a person's life. People can face jail time, large fines, community service and probation if found guilty of a DWI. In addition to these penalties people may also lose their drivers' licenses or be forces to use an ignition interlock device in their car. These penalties can affect a person's financial future, limit job opportunities and more.