An evening of fun and revelry can quickly become one filled with panic and fear when New Yorkers are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Many choose not to submit to a breath test in an effort to prevent incriminating themselves. However, declining to perform a breathalyzer does not necessarily mean that a person will not be charged with DUI. In fact, refusing a breath test carries serious penalties, some of which are just as severe as those resulting from alcohol-related offenses.
People in New York City, and throughout the state, who are believed to be driving drunk are frequently arrested by law enforcement. According to a report by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, there were 50,805 drunk driving arrests in 2013 alone. Often, those arrested do not realize that in addition to field sobriety and breath tests, their social media accounts could also be used against them. At the law firm Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we often work with people who have experienced this type of situation and are unaware of the potential consequences. In this post, we will discuss how social media can impact DUI cases.
In Manhattan, and throughout the state of New York, drinking and driving is considered a serious criminal offense. As such, people who are convicted of DUI charges may face severe penalties. These may include fines, driver’s license suspensions or revocations, and jail time, among other consequences. Often, such convictions and the resultant penalties can have lasting effects on people’s personal lives, as well as their professional lives.
There are a number of reasons you might want to avoid a traffic ticket in New York, such as incurring a fine. Additionally, according to SafeNY, you might want to avoid speeding because for every 5 miles an hour you travel over 60 miles an hour, you are essentially paying an additional 24 cents a gallon.
It is widely known that Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an organization that aims to strengthen DUI laws and penalties. In New York and across the country, there are statutes that dictate legal limits for blood alcohol content as well as the consequences of a DWI conviction. MADD recently rated the states based on their efforts to reduce the incidence rate of drunk driving, finding New York to hold model laws in one specific area.
A drunk driving conviction can have lifelong consequences. At Martin A. Kron & Associates, LLP, we understand the punishments associated with such a charge in New York. It is important that you know what you may face should you get pulled over on suspicion of DUI.
Drivers in New York may sometimes feel as though they are under siege from increasing vigilance regarding speeding or other traffic violations. The city’s stated goal of eliminating pedestrian deaths has seen many slow zones developed and more emphasis on citations in some areas. Violations for driving while intoxicated continue to be taken seriously and can leave drivers with serious long-term consequences if convicted.
Most residents in New York know and believe that the state’s laws and handling of any drunk driving case is clear and can be harsh. Strict penalties are often expected for anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated with the effects lasting many years in some cases.
As the 2014 holiday season is well underway, drivers in New York should pay extra attention to law enforcement patrols, especially during designated holiday dates. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show that the number of fatalities associated with drunk driving accidents increases significantly during these holiday times. That means that all drivers could face greater vigilance and should learn what to do if stopped by officers.
Over the course of the past year, speeding has received a plethora of attention as the leadership of New York City has embarked on a clear mission to eliminate pedestrian deaths by the year 2020 under a program known as Vision Zero. However, speeding is not the only traffic violation upon which law enforcement is focusing. Driving while intoxicated remains an offense that can result in severe penalties for those persons convicted and often receives even more attention during the holiday times.