Driving while intoxicated may be a common offense in New York, but a conviction still comes with harsh penalties. In addition to the fines and possible jail time, a DWI can lead to a license suspension and the loss of other freedoms.
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If you were arrested for driving while intoxicated or DWAI-drugs, then your license will be suspended. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the suspension period could range from six months to one year – and possibly longer. However, it may be possible to get a conditional license if you meet certain criteria. A criminal attorney can evaluate your case to determine if you may be eligible.
Super Bowl Sunday is the climax of American sporting events, and like most weekend holidays, many people’s plans involve alcohol. Unfortunately, this leads to a spike in drunk driving.
Driving while intoxicated is one of the most common criminal offenses in New York. On average, offenders get away with drunk driving approximately 80 times before a police officer catches them.
Law enforcement in the United States arrested more than 25,000 motorists for impaired driving in 2012 alone. In most of these cases, the officers asked the suspect to take a breathalyzer test. The results of this test are often the foundation for the prosecuting authority’s case, but what happens if the driver refuses to take a breathalyzer?
Police officers undergo an extensive 80 hours of training to identify drunk drivers, according to the New York State Police Academy. If they notice the signs of intoxicated driving, then they will make a traffic stop and will likely request that the driver completes a series of sobriety tests. If the driver fails these tests, then the police will charge him or her with DWI.