It's important to realize that a conviction for DUI/DWI here in New York can have dramatic consequences that extend beyond the criminal law realm. For instance, convicted drunk drivers face suspended licenses, ignition interlock devices and even increased insurance premiums. In fact, the lobbyist wife of a 10-term congressman learned this the hard way just last week.
At this very moment, people here in the state of New York and across the country are busy navigating crowded highways and interstates in an attempt to make their way to a favorite vacation destination for the July 4th holiday.
Last May, our blog discussed how one of the more prominent law enforcement agencies in all of New York City -- the Bronx District Attorney's Office -- was under fire for perhaps providing favorable treatment to a fellow prosecutor who was arrested for DUI.
It's happened to quite a few of us. You have to jump behind the wheel of your car and rush to work, school, the airport or a doctor's appointment because you were either late getting up or simply lost track of time. However, if you tried a little too hard to make up for lost time while navigating roads and freeways, you may have found yourself in the crosshairs of a law enforcement official who is more than willing to give you a speeding ticket.
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.
The DUI laws here in the state of New York can be extremely unforgiving when it comes to driving privileges. To illustrate, first-time offenders face not only steep fines, but also driver's license suspension and even the installation of an ignition interlock device.
A few days ago, Allstate Insurance Company released a highly anticipated and much discussed report ranking U.S. cities according to who has the so-called best and worst drivers. Here, "worst" does not mean cities where drivers openly flout the vehicle traffic laws or fail to comprehend the rules of the road. Rather, it means how accident-prone the drivers in a particular city happen to be.
When it comes to the sport of NASCAR, drivers reaching extreme speeds is not only permissible but encouraged. However, the same certainly cannot be said for life outside of the track, as this type of driving can result in a large speeding ticket, a fine and even license suspension.
Football fans here in New York City and across the nation were undoubtedly overcome with happiness when the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) announced that they had agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement earlier this week. Now that the season is officially scheduled to start, teams will be scrambling to sign free agents, including wide receiver Braylon Edwards who made headlines just last week after pleading guilty to DWI/DUI-related charges in a New York City courtroom.
Most of the current press coverage concerning the National Football League (NFL) has to do with the lockout and the - increasing likely - chance that the players and owners will reach an agreement that saves the season. However, even with this dedicated lockout coverage, some NFL players are still managing to make national headlines - although perhaps not as they would have liked. For example, a star wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP was arrested for DUI this past weekend.