In our previous blog post, we discussed the standardized tests that police officers use to determine if someone is intoxicated while driving. That battery of tests is only one small part of the events that lead up to a drunk driving charge. Throughout the process, it is important that you know your rights and how to protect them.
Last week, we discussed some basic information about boating while intoxicated. If you recall, New York has limits for the blood alcohol concentration of people who are operating a boat. A BUI or BWI charge can mean you lose your right to operate a boat. That alone shows how serious of a problem drinking while operating a boat can be.
With the warmer weather closing in on our area, people are going to be hitting the public waterways to enjoy a day of fun on the water. Some of these people might decide to enjoy some alcohol as part of their experience. It is vital for anyone who is combining watersports with alcohol to understand the boating under the influence laws in New York. These laws are meant to help keep everyone on the waterways a little safer since BUI-related accidents can cause serious injury or death.
In our post law week, we discussed some of the ways that elevated blood-alcohol concentration levels can affect people. Those effects are one of the reasons why all states have laws against drunk driving. All states, including New York, have harsh penalties for drunk driving. Anyone who has been accused of drunk driving should make sure they have good representation.
Drunk driving in New York means having your driver's license suspended. That is just one of the side effects that occurs upon being charged. People who are convicted of drunk driving also face driver's license revocation. Not having your driver's license can affect various aspects of your life. It can affect your personal life since you won't be able to drive to get groceries or run errands. It can affect your work life because you won't be able to drive to and from work. It can affect your work life even more if your job requires you to have a license.
For some adults, their reputation is one of the most important things they have. When you are arrested on drunk driving charges, your reputation might suffer. Just the connotation around these types of charges can be enough to have a profound effect on someone's reputation.
A man wrecked his Porsche in a crash in New York when he collided with a semi truck. The accident took place on the George Washington Bridge. Photos from the scene show the sports car, which is absolutely mangled, with the front end reduced to little more than twisted metal. The car is crushed all the way back to the front seats, the window is smashed, and one of the tires appears to have almost come all the way off of the vehicle.
It is no secret that being charged with drunk driving in New York can have a profound impact on a defendant's life. What some people don't realize is just how far reaching these consequences can be. Many people tend to think that the consequences end with fines, time in jail and other legal actions. That, however, is a big misconception because drunk driving charges can potentially affect your job, your reputation and your family. Those are in addition to the legal consequences you face. In the case of one Port Authority cop, driving under the influence of alcohol ended up costing him his job.
When people travel away from home, they often do things they wouldn't normally do. In some cases, this involves going out on the town for a night of fun that might include some alcohol consumption. For some people, driving somewhere after drinking while in a strange place is somewhat of a necessity. A recent accident involving an alleged drunk driver from out of state brings this scenario to life.
The holiday weekend is upon us. That means that people might decide to celebrate summer and the country's independence by having barbeques, shooting fireworks, and drinking alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with doing those things, it is important for everyone celebrating to make sure that they make arrangements ahead of time for transportation if they are drinking. When you consider that police officers will be cracking down on drunk driving over the weekend, it is easy to see why this would be paramount.