In the state of New York, a DWI conviction can bring with it severe penalties including mandatory fines, jail time, and a lengthy license revocation. Unfortunately, these court-imposed penalties are not the only consequences of a DWI.
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Routine traffic stops should always be just that—routine—but sometimes motorists say or do something that ends up escalating the situation, resulting in an arrest. Even if you did not commit an egregious crime, the criminal justice system is unpredictable, and an arrest following a traffic stop is never good.
In the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration backed a series of studies to determine scientifically validated ways to identify intoxication. According to the American Automobile Association, the resulting battery of tests identified 90 percent of inebriated drivers correctly in a subsequent study.