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Know your rights after a holiday DWI arrest

Alcohol is often involved when New York residents get together to celebrate the Fourth of July. Although it is certainly possible for such events to happen without beer, wine or other drinks, many individuals responsibly consume alcoholic beverages while celebrating the independence of the nation.

Field sobriety testing for intoxication can be misinterpreted

When a law enforcement official pulls over a New York driver because they suspect the driver has alcohol in their system, they may ask the driver to get out of their vehicle and to perform certain physical tests. These physical tests are not difficult for individuals of normal physical and mental capacities but for those who are intoxicated completion of them may be difficult. However, intoxication is not the only reason that a person may fail a field sobriety test.

Factors that may elevate a DWI charge to aggravated DWI

No drunk driving allegation is easy to overcome but some charges carry with them penalties that are more straightforward to defend or negotiate through plea deals. Aggravated DWI charges, however, are very serious and New Yorkers who must face them may seek the support of trained criminal defense attorneys to assist them in their legal battles. This post will discuss just some of the factors that can raise standard DWI charges to aggravated DWI charges.

Don't let a DWI charge affect your future

When people in New York think about various types of crimes, they may imagine murder, assault and other alleged acts that exhibit violence and leave others with possible physical harm. When a person drives with alcohol allegedly in their system there is no guarantee that they will hurt themselves or anyone else. However, the state and other states throughout the country have deemed the act of driving with alcohol in one's system dangerous, because alcohol can have an impact on some of a driver's physical acuities. Because they believe the potential for harm is so great when alcohol is in a driver's body, legislators have taken steps to significantly penalize drunk driving.

Defend yourself against damaging DWI charges

Prior posts on this New York-based criminal defense legal blog have introduced some of the serious penalties that can apply if a person is convicted of a drunk driving charge. In New York, penalties for drunk driving can include fines, the loss of one's driver's license and even time in jail. Depending upon the type of charge an individual faces, their punishments can be significant and long-lasting.

DWI penalties can be life-altering

At the end of last year this New York criminal defense legal blog discussed some of the charges that individuals could face if they were stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Those charges ranged from a straightforward DWI charge based on the accused individual's blood alcohol concentration exceeding .08 percent to more serious charges involving greater suspected intoxication or alleged harm caused by the stopped individuals. Even when a person is arrested for a normal DWI stop the consequences that they could face for conviction are significant.

Possible drunk driving charges in New York

During the busy holiday season New York law enforcement officials often patrol local communities in search of drivers who may be operating their vehicles while influenced by alcohol. Driving while impaired is a charge that the courts of New York recognize and that can penalize a person with criminal sanctions if sufficient evidence is offered to prove that they were in violation of the drunk driving law.

Man faces DWI and other charges following traffic stop

Driving while impaired allegations and charges require a strong criminal defense response. Following a traffic stop in a New York community north of Carle Place, one man is facing DWI and drug charges. According to authorities, two men in the vehicle are facing charges after they were pulled over and were allegedly in possession of drugs and the driver allegedly had a blood alcohol content level triple the legal limit and was driving an unregistered vehicle with stolen license plates.

Marijuana-impaired driving in New York: What the law says

There is no denying the fact that marijuana laws around the country have changed dramatically over the past decade. While pot remains illegal under federal law, many states have legalized the drug for medicinal and/or recreational use. Here in New York, possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized, which is not the same thing as making something legal.