Driving while under the influence represents one of the most dangerous actions a person could take. Upon noticing a driver displaying the signs of intoxicated driving, police officers may pull the vehicle over. New York law levies tough penalties against repeat offenders, and even those arrested for a first-time DUI could face jail time and fines. The DUI charges might not be the end of the matter, as various other traffic citations and criminal charges could be possible.
Driving while intoxicated and connected charges
A drunk driver could commit numerous moving violations, such as speeding or going through a red light, along with the DUI offense. Often, the police will pull the person over for a routine traffic violation and discover the driver is also intoxicated. DUI/DWI charges then follow.
Sometimes, the charges could be more severe than a “standard” traffic violation. Attempts to flee the police at 100 mph would likely lead to a tough day in court. Accidents may yield reckless driving offenses and even vehicular homicide charges tragically.
Drunk drivers might even fight with the police. Such behaviors would surely lead to more criminal charges.
Varying DWI/DUI charges
Drivers might face additional DWI/DUI troubles than they initially expected. Someone might have a blood alcohol content below the legal limit but may still face driving under the influence charges. Those with a BAC higher than the legal limit may face charges related to their excessive intoxication.
The courts look at the driver’s past history when dealing with a DUI offense. Someone with a second or third DUI offense would surely look at harsher sentencing guidelines. Often, the punishments come with mandatory minimums that increase with each offense.
DUIs could be misdemeanors or felonies. In New York, second and third-time offenses that led to convictions within 10 years reach the felony level. A second offense could result in a four-year maximum prison sentence. A third offense may lead to seven years in jail.
Persons facing DUI charges and other offenses could fight the charges. Sometimes, a lack of probable cause could result in the charges not having merit. Each case and the related defense likely has its particulars.