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.
Many people know that being convicted of a drunk driving offense in New York can lead to a driver's license suspension or revocation. In New York, there are four types of suspensions that a driver might receive. Each type has specific points that anyone who drives in the state should know.
In our post last week, we discussed how some people in New York who have a drunk driving conviction might be able to get a restricted driver's license instead of having to deal with a full license revocation. As we discussed, these programs come with very strict requirements for the drivers. If those requirements aren't upheld, the driver can lose the restricted license and will end up with no driving privileges at all. We know how difficult it is for our New York readers to deal with any sort of restrictions on a license or a full revocation of the license. We are here to help you fight against driver's license related issues.
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.
Facing drunk driving charges is something that no driver ever wants to have to face. For some people who are involved in jobs that keep them in the public's eye, charges like that can be devastating. A recent drunk driving case has come to light that shows how important it is to have experienced representation.
For people who are pulled over and accused of drunk driving, a lot of terms might come up as they go through the criminal justice system. Many of these terms have to do with the exact charge the person is facing. The actual charge has a big impact on the consequences you face in New York. Drivers under 21 years old who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs face different penalties from drivers who are 21 or older.
It goes without saying that drivers need to be constantly aware of their surroundings. A person who has decided to drive after consuming alcohol may have a slowed reaction time to their surroundings that can be caused by even the most tiny bit of alcohol. A recent incident in New York City shows how important it is to remain extra vigilant while driving.
When you have a stressful job, you probably try to relax when you get off work. For some people, the way they choose to relax is by drinking alcoholic beverages. For one New York City firefighter, the alleged decision to drink and drive while he was off duty has landed him in some serious trouble.
After a DUI indictment, many New York drivers face the prospect of surviving without their own means of transportation after their license is suspended. This can be particularly challenging for people who depend upon their vehicles to get to work, drive their children or themselves to school, or get to necessary medical appointments. If people lack an adequate support network, this situation can quickly devastate one's career and life.