New York’s traffic and DWI laws are severe and people who are charged with a DWI, DUI or DWAI can face harsh penalties depending upon the circumstances of their arrest. Drunk driving penalties in New York can include everything from fines to jail time. Suspension of driving privileges, the installation of ignition interlock devices and insurance surcharges are also common consequences.
A well-known actor was the subject of a recent media article about this topic. In the early morning hours on a Saturday in New York City, actor Anthony Mackie was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated by New York Police. The police originally pulled over Mackie’s car because of the heavy tinting on the windows of his Dodge Challenger vehicle.
Once stopped, he was asked to undergo field sobriety tests when the officer noticed he had very red eyes and had a smell of alcohol on his breath. The actor failed the field tests and refused to take a chemical blood alcohol content test. As a result of refusing the BAC test, the man’s driver’s license was immediately suspended per New York law. The article indicated it was not clear whether or not the actor was still in jail or if he had been released yet.
Situations like these can be complex and the best option for an effective and fair DWI defense can be through the help of an experienced attorney. If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, DWI or DWAI, you may consider getting legal help as soon as possible.
Source: E News Online, “Anthony Mackie Arrested and Charged With DWI in New York,” Jordana Ossad, November 9, 2013