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Bill proposes lower blood alcohol content limit in New York

In New York, a proposal has been made to lower the DUI alcohol limit. There is some support for doing so, but critics don't believe it's necessary.

The April 16 report describes the suggested changes. The bill in the New York State Assembly would lower the legal limit to .05%, and anything over .12% would become an aggravated DWI. Presently, .08% is the legal limit, and .18% is the aggravated DWI limit.

Facing charges? Here's why a defense attorney is important

As someone who is in trouble with the law, the last thing you should do is try to represent yourself. Even if you are familiar with working in law or are an attorney yourself, the importance of working with separate council shouldn't be understated.

When you're dealing with the emotions of an arrest or charges, you want someone else on your side. That's the job of your defense attorney. They're there to listen to you and to understand how you've found yourself in the situation you're in now. They're there to help you get a better idea of how you can move forward and if there is a way to get the case dismissed or to reduce the penalties you could face.

Distracted driving in the spotlight in New York

As a driver in New York, you have probably seen first-hand how significant the problem of distracted driving is in the state. Maybe you looked at the car next to you at a stoplight and saw a person putting on makeup, or perhaps you saw the glow of a phone screen in a person's hand while also traveling down the interstate at night. Distracted driving can take many forms, and they are all dangerous.


DWIs affect all people: Arrests can lead to jail time

The penalties for getting a DWI go far beyond the financial. Socially, you could face repercussions such as a lack of trust or faith in your actions. You could lose your job or have trouble finding work. If you're a student, it could be difficult to get to school or maintain a job.

While the legal limit for your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent, you can be charged with a DWI for less. It is important that you understand your rights if you're arrested because not being clear on what you can do or should do could hurt your case in the long run.

What do you wear to court?

Appearances matter in court. As someone who is facing criminal charges, this needs to be made clear to you. If you walk into court in an orange jumpsuit and in chains, there's going to be an automatic bias in the jury or by others. That's not fair, but it's the way that society works.

Your attorney should make it clear that the way you dress in your initial appearances can help your case. That doesn't mean you have to run out and buy the most expensive suit or the trendiest professional attire. What it does mean is that you need to look clean, put together and appropriate.

Tourists can cause crashes: Follow these tips to avoid errors

Motor vehicle accidents in New York can occur in busy cities or in rural areas where traffic is rare. With such a varied state, drivers have to learn to drive in a variety of conditions. Those who are living in New York as residents may adjust to the driving conditions easily, but those who are visiting pose a threat due to their lack of experience on New York's roads.

Tourism is a major part of the economy in New York, and that's a great thing. However, the crashes that can take place when tourists head to the area in droves can be overwhelming and unnecessary.

Do you have reason to update your estate plan?

Having an estate plan is immensely useful. If you have already created your plan, you may feel as if you are ahead of the game. While you should certainly feel proud and accomplished for taking a step that many people in New York and elsewhere put off until it is too late, it would be wise for you to remember that you need to update your plan as well.

If you do not review and update your will periodically, you run the risk of having outdated information and essentially having an estate plan that does not do you or your family any favors. The relevance and applicable nature of the information in your plan are just as important, if not more so, than actually creating the plan in the first place.

Fight back against any DWI charges you face

A DWI changes your future the moment you're convicted. It can start affecting you as soon as the initial arrest, making it hard to get to work or forcing you to miss time from school or work due to court dates.

A DWI can be issued if you're drunk while driving, impaired by illicit drugs or if you're driving dangerously due to prescription drug interactions. Regardless of the reason for impairment, if you are impaired, you're a danger to yourself and others. A significant level of impairment is what the police look for, and it's what they want to hold you accountable for.

What charges can be filed for drunk or impaired driving?

DWI crimes can be penalized harshly in New York, so if you're thinking of drinking and driving, it's better to reassess your options. New York's DUI laws are designed to combat drunk driving, which means they are strict and harsh.

You will be considered legally intoxicated once your blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches .08 percent. At that point, you can legally be arrested for driving while intoxicated. Keep in mind that you may also face arrest at a lower limit if you are driving dangerously, though the charges may be less.

What should you do if you're stopped for a DWI?

A DWI changes the course of your life, at least in the short term. It can have lasting consequences, depending on how many times you've faced DWI charges and how high your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over the limit.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that over 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence in 2010. Sometimes, that was due to alcohol, while other times it was drugs or a combination of drugs or alcohol.

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