A driver that faces charges for drunk driving can be at risk for serious and long-lasting consequences. New York laws governing DUI, DWI or DWAI violations are strict and clear. The penalties for convictions can vary based upon a variety of circumstances. These can include any prior convictions that may be on record for the driver, whether or not any accident resulted from the action and whether or not a driver agreed to or refused to participate in any testing.
Local media recently published the story of a man who could face drunk driving charges in the wake of an accident that killed one person and injured another in the early morning hours on a Saturday in Queens. The 23-year old man was driving south on 98th Street in his Ford sedan when his car hit another moving vehicle. After that impact, he struck a third parked car and went through a brick wall and fence before catching on fire.
The driver of the second vehicle was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 39 years old. The passenger in the Saturn was a 37-year old man who was listed in stable condition at the hospital. The Ford driver refused to take a breath test when requested by police but a blood test was reportedly conducted at the hospital. The results of the test were not mentioned in the article.
Drivers in situations like this may be helped by the right attorney working in their defense. If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI, you might think about obtaining a personal defense attorney as a way to help your case.
Source: New York Daily News, “’Drunk’ driver kills man, injures another in horrific Queens crash: cops,” Joseph Stephansky and Barry Paddock, November 30, 2013