It is no secret that getting convicted of drunk driving can lead to serious penalties. Even a first-time offender in New York will have to pay several hundred dollars in a fine and face up to one year in prison.
Now New York lawmakers are proposing a bill that could mean permanent consequences for drivers who have been convicted of three or more crimes. For example, if a driver has three convictions for driving while intoxicated, he or she may permanently lose driving privileges in the state of New York.
Supporters of this bill believe that the law could protect people from potentially dangerous drivers. Offenses that would fall under this law include:
- Drunk driving
- Being at fault for an accident
- Vehicular manslaughter
Currently, drivers who are considered repeat offenders are penalized with a one-year license suspension and fines. However concern surrounding this issue arose after an elderly woman was hit by a driver; the driver had 10 prior convictions.
A former policy analyst for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles believes that similar accidents occur more often than they should. According to her, the passage of this law would keep repeat offenders off the road for good.
So what does this mean for New York drivers? It means that a third conviction for any of several offenses would ban you from driving in New York ever again.
If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney who can help you protect your rights. Doing so could help prevent a permanent license revocation if the proposed bill is passed.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
The Saratogian, "Lawmakers want three strikes and you're out rule to apply to serial drunk drivers," Lucian McCarty, Feb. 18, 2012