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What are the penalties for drunk driving offenses in New York?


Whether you are on your way home from work, dinner, a bar or a friend's place, being pulled over by a police officer tends to generate some emotions and concerns for motorists in New York and elsewhere. It might be clear in some situations why an officer pulled the person over. For example, speeding, failing to stop or failing to signal a turn or lane change are all common traffic offenses. In other cases, it might not be apparent to the driver.

Helping New York residents with DWI defenses


Following a traffic stop or an accident, drivers in New York could criminal charges if an officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of alcohol. If a blood alcohol test is administered or a sobriety test raises this suspicion, a police officer could arrest the driver and charge him or her with a DWI. Some drivers might feel like they have very little options, when it comes to fighting a DWI because police officers collected evidence at the scene. However, drivers should not let this deter them.

Circumstances that could elevate a DUI charge to a felony


New york residents are aware that drinking and driving could result in serious penalties, and based on the circumstances of the traffic stop or charging location, the accused could face additional charges as well. However, what factors or circumstances could cause the charges to be elevated? Specifically, what makes a drunk driving charge a felony DUI charge?

Understanding Leandra's Law and penalties for an aggravated DWI


A previous post discussed ignition interlock devices and whether convicted drunk drivers in New York are having them installed in their vehicle. The rule surrounding the requirement to have an ignition interlock device stem from "Leandra's Law," and this post will focus on the details of this law and how it impacts drivers accused of a DWI in New York.

Are convicted drunk drivers in New York installing IIDs?


Drivers in New York who face a drunk driving charge are often concerned about how the charge will impact their ability to drive. A conviction on DWI charges usually means being court-ordered to install an ignition interlock device, or IID, so it is generally assumed that 100 percent of drivers who have recently been convicted of a DWI would have an IID installed in their vehicles. However, this is not the case in the northern counties in New York.

Representing New York drivers in DWI cases


Being pulled over by a police officer is often an anxiety inducing event for many New York drivers. While it might be clear to some drivers why the traffic stop is occurring, in other situations it might not be so clear. When a driver is accused of driving while intoxicated, this does not mean just facing a traffic violation. Depending on the situation, a driver could endure harsh penalties, and because of that it is important that drivers take the necessary steps to understand the charges and what defense options are available.

Must DWI offenders in New York attend an alcohol rehab program?

When drivers in New York are pulled over for suspected drunk driving, those drivers might seek ways to reduce or limit the consequences this stop could cause. Even if the accused is convicted of a drunk driving offense, there are ways the individual could apply defense options to reduce the severity of the penalties commonly applied to a DWI offense. In some cases, this could mean attending a specialized alcohol program.

New York less strict on felony DWI offenses


As a previous post pointed out, a felony DWI could carry serious penalties for those accused of multiple drunk driving offenses in the state of New York. Moreover, if an individual is accused of causing a drunk driving accident, these consequences could be more severe. Despite that, when compared with other states, the penalties associated with DUIs are not as strict as others.

The penalties for a felony DUI conviction in New York


The dangers of drinking and driving are well known to residents in New York and elsewhere. However, despite this knowledge, some drivers still get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. If a driver is pulled over following a traffic violation or accident and an officer suspects that the driver might be under the influence of alcohol, the driver might be subjected to various tests. Depending on the results of these tests, the driver could face a drunk driving charge.

Wagman Law can assist those charged with DWI in New York


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.

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