New Yorkers who are arrested for on DWI charges are keenly aware of the potential consequences that go along with a conviction. However, they might not realize just how severe and life-changing the punishments can be. If there is an accident, it might be understood that the punishments are harsh, but even those who are arrested for DWI and do not have an accident will now have to be concerned about a lifetime suspension of their driving privileges.
In New York State, driving under the influence can cause major, long-term problems for anyone convicted of it. Law enforcement is in a constant state of awareness of drivers who might be under the influence and will not hesitate to make a traffic stop to investigate.
People in New York State invariably understand that being arrested and charged with drunk driving can lead to various consequences. The amount of alcohol in the system is important for drunk driving charges, but it is not necessary to be above the generally accepted level of .08 blood-alcohol content to be charged. Less alcohol in the system combined with other indications of impairment can lead to charges.
New York State residents who are placed under arrest for DWI offenses might have a vague notion of the penalties they will face if they are convicted. Depending on the circumstances, the potential consequences can include hefty fines, a suspension of driving privileges and even a jail sentence. However, there are other penalties that can be assessed and people are frequently unaware of them. In addition, there are subsets of the law that drivers might not know about. A penalty that is often ignored is the ignition interlock device. A law that can cause longer-term problems is called Leandra's Law.
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