Few experiences can match the stress of a DWI arrest. Unfortunately, honest people make mistakes, and if New York police pull you over under suspicion of DWI, it is critical that you know how to protect your interests.
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New York is an implied consent state, which means that anyone who operates a motor vehicle automatically consents to a chemical test – a blood, alcohol, saliva or breath test – during a valid traffic stop. If an officer pulls you over under suspicion of DWI, you have the right to refuse to take the breathalyzer, but you will face consequences:
New York police are always on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, taxpayers forked out $2.5 billion for alcohol-related accidents in 2013 alone. Because of this and the dangers of intoxicated driving, our state has harsh penalties for DWI offenders.
No matter how old you are, driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in New York. However, different laws apply to people younger than 21.
Many people drive while intoxicated on a regular basis. Although you may not crash after a few drinks, your skills behind the wheel won’t matter at a DWI checkpoint.