Motorists in New York City are likely aware that it can be dangerous to drive if they have consumed any alcohol. Even if a driver has only had a couple of drinks, there can still be impairment. In addition, motorists can face serious charges if they are pulled over by authorities or are involved in an accident.
That was the case recently for a woman in Staten Island. She was reportedly charged with several criminal traffic offenses, including aggravated DWI and child endangerment following an accident. It was not reported whether any other vehicles were involved, or if it was a single car crash. Her young son was in the car at the time, as well as her husband. Under New York traffic law, driving under the influence of alcohol with a child who is under the age of 15 is a felony offense.
According to reports, the woman’s blood alcohol content was double the legal limit, at .165 percent. No details were provided, however, as to what type of test was used to determine she was drunk driving, a Breathalyzer, blood test or urine test. Law enforcement reported the woman admitted to having had two beers before getting behind the wheel.
Retaining the services of an attorney may be of benefit for anyone who has been charged with drunk driving, or any criminal traffic offense. Legal representation will ensure you understand all of your options and be available to address any concerns and answer any questions that may arise.
Source: Staten Island Advance, “Staten Island mom charged in DWI crash”, John M. Annese, June 11, 2013