When a New York police officer makes a traffic stop, there's no telling what types of events may unfold. Sometimes, a Putnam County officer may merely issue a speed warning then free a motorist to leave the scene without any lasting repercussions. On the other hand, that's not always how it goes, as made evident by a recent occurrence that resulted in drunk driving charges against a 35-year-old man.
Summertime is just around the bend and for many residents in New York and other states, that includes plans for beach trips, graduation parties and other social gatherings. Many such events are likely to include alcoholic beverages, which for some, pose a risk for DUI arrest. There are several ways to avoid such problems, however, and also steps to take to try to minimize one's circumstances if drunk driving charges are indeed filed at some point.
If a New York business owner or private resident sells or provides alcohol to another party or parties, there may be legal repercussions if an accident later occurs. For instance, a person may patronize a local pub, spend several hours drinking, then get behind the wheel of a car to drive and ultimately cause a collision that results in the injury or death of another person. Sadly, DUI crashes cost thousands of lives every year.
Some time ago, a New York police officer responded to a motor vehicle accident. Sadly, he was struck by another car as he attended the scene and did not survive his injuries. The tragedy led to DWI and other criminal charges against the man who had been behind the wheel of the wrecked vehicle.
A 19-year old woman and several others wound up in a hospital following a recent motor vehicle collision. The teenager was driving at the time when her car and a truck collided. The events that unfolded from there quickly drew the attention of several passers-by who pulled off the road to try to help those in need. The situation also led to the woman's need for criminal defense assistance because she is now facing DUI charges in New York.
Any number of mishaps can occur on your way home from a night out at your favorite New York pub with friends. Perhaps you realize, half way home, that you left your credit card at the checkout back at the restaurant. Maybe you get a flat tire a quarter mile from your house. One of biggest downers at the end of an otherwise pleasant evening is getting pulled over for suspected drunk driving.
New York police must have reasonable cause to pull you over in a traffic stop. Beyond that, they must have probable cause to make an arrest if they suspect you of drunk driving. While claiming to have witnessed your vehicle veering over the yellow line may warrant a stop, it is far from enough to result in criminal charges or conviction.
Like most New York residents, off-duty police officers often enjoy socializing or going out for dinner or a few drinks when they have free time. One patrolman recently wound up facing several legal problems when he got arrested after sleeping in his car. He has been charged with DUI and will now be given the opportunity to defend himself in court.
When a New York motorist is accused of intoxicated driving, he or she is guaranteed the right to present a defense to the formal accusations. DUI charges can negatively affect a person's personal and professional life, often even before charges have been fully adjudicated. Two police officers likely understand what that's like, as they were each recently arrested and charged with drunk driving, albeit in unrelated incidents.
If you drink alcohol then drive a car, it does not necessarily mean you are breaking the law. In New York and all other states, a determining factor lies in the amount of your blood alcohol content at the time. This is usually measured through blood or urine samples taken as part of DUI investigations. Every person is presumed innocent and is guaranteed the opportunity to present a DUI defense if charges are filed.