In New York, “driving while intoxicated” is the legal term for driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. When a driver is arrested for DWI, there may be other factors that affect the charges he or she faces. In particular, having a child in the vehicle may affect the severity of the legal situation. There are additional charges that a defendant may face that are directly related to the age of his or her passengers.
The Suffolk Daily Voice reports that one Long Island man faces a number of charges in addition to driving while intoxicated after his arrest early Friday morning. These charges include aggravated DWI with a passenger under 15 in the vehicle and endangering the welfare of a child. The man’s vehicle was impounded, according to the police, and they took him into custody. He spent the night in jail.
It was after the driver crashed his vehicle into a retaining wall that the police became involved in the situation. A woman and toddler, who were with the driver in the vehicle at the time of the crash, reportedly suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Aggravating factors can create numerous complications when law enforcement arrests a driver for DWI. A blood alcohol content of over 0.17% is also an aggravating factor. Fines may more than double for an aggravated DWI, and license revocation and incarceration may last much longer. Many people choose to hire a DWI attorney after an arrest in order to seek the best possible outcome for their case.