Saturday, March 23, 2013

DWI and DWAI in New York

DWI and DWAI in New York

Posted 12:39 PM March 23, 2013
DWI and DWAI are two of the most common charged offenses in New York State affecting teens, baby-boomers, blue and white collar workers. The consequences of a DWI or DWAI conviction are severe  and can range from a low fine and temporary driving suspension to extensive fines, a license revocation and jail time.
Recently enacted DWI and DWAI statutes can be hard to understand , it is important for any individual charged with one of these offenses to consult the services of an experienced Buffalo area criminal defense attorney  to navigate through the maze of statutes that cause these individuals to be subjected to such things as license suspension for refusing to take a chemical test, mandatory screening for substance abuse, treatment programs and potential probation or jail time.
In New York, the statutory blood alcohol content limit is .08%.  Studies show that depending on your health, height and weight, that level is easily achieved with just a few drinks.  Further, it is important to note that DWAI and DWI charges stem from a person's "operation" of a motor vehicle. Operation may be demonstrated by simply being observed sitting in the driver's seat with the keys in the ignition.
In these situations, it is important to retain the services of a skilled 
criminal defense attorney  to ascertain the strength of the charges, the ability to challenge a breathalyzer test or chemical test, and the reason for the stop by the police.
Future articles will focus on the different elements of the DWI or DWAI arrest

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