October 25, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- 25 percent of DWI arrestees in the US are women, statistics show---
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Charges of driving while intoxicated can have serious consequences if they lead to a conviction. Over the years, a large percentage of those charged with DWI in the United States were male, according to data from the Bureau of Justice. In recent decades, however, an increasing number of women have faced such charges.
Based on the information from the Bureau of Justice, just 9 percent of all people arrested for DWI in 1980 were women. The most recent statistics reveal that 25 percent of all DWI arrestees in the United States are now women.
According to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, there are some common characteristics among the women arrested for driving while intoxicated. For instance, about 75 percent of the 200 women interviewed in the non-profit's study reported that they had been prescribed medications to deal with mental health issues, such as depression. In addition, most of the women interviewed had recently suffered from a painful life event, such as the end of a relationship or a death in the family.
Despite the rise in women being arrested for DWI, men continue to account for the majority of such arrests in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is likely that 2.6 percent of all men behind the wheel are intoxicated while driving -- in comparison, just 1.5 percent of women drivers are likely under the influence of alcohol while on the road.
Fight charges of driving while intoxicated in New York
In New York, the penalties for driving while intoxicated depend, in part, on the individual's blood alcohol concentration and whether he or she has prior DWI convictions.
Individuals may face charges of driving while intoxicated if they register a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or above. If the individual's BAC is at or above 0.18 percent, however, the individual may face aggravated driving while intoxicated charges, which carry more severe penalties.
For instance, upon a first conviction for driving while intoxicated in New York, a motorist can face up to one year in jail and a fine between $500 and $1,000. In addition, his or her driver's license may be revoked for a minimum of six months. Upon a first conviction for aggravated DWI, however, the potential fine increases from $1,000 to $2,000. Also, the motorist's license could be revoked for at least one year.
If you or a loved one is facing DWI charges in Brooklyn, or anywhere in New York, take steps to protect yourselves. In such situations, seeking the counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer will ensure a strong defense is established on your behalf.
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