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Drunk driving charges can be costly and life-altering

In New York, someone with a first-time DWI charge can face a fine of $500 to $1,000 and other serious consequences.
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    December 12, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Drunk driving is a problem in New York, with 315 fatalities in the state attributed to drunk driving crashes, and 35,541 DWI arrests in 2011, according to The Century Council. For this reason, strict laws exist not only in our state, but throughout the country, to protect people from being hurt by drunk drivers. The aim is to discourage people from making the decision to get behind the wheel, since the costs and penalties are often steep.

In New York, someone with a first-time DWI charge can face a fine of $500 to $1,000, driver's license revocation of at least six months and up to a year in jail, says the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The consequences for subsequent convictions are significantly higher, which can result in a person's driving record being affected for years. New York's implied consent law also makes it a crime to refuse a chemical test when an officer has probable cause to believe a driver is intoxicated; this can result in a $500 penalty and an automatic driver's license suspension for one year.

So far, the consequences listed have been mainly financial. There is also the risk of affecting another family forever if someone is hurt or killed in a drunk driving accident, which can haunt a person for life.

Crash involving two drunk drivers results in passenger's critical injury

The Examiner reported on the incident of a drunk driving crash in Westbury last September. According to police, a car veered into the path of an oncoming Jeep. The two vehicles collided head-on, and a passenger inside the smaller vehicle was hospitalized with critical injuries. The smaller car's driver was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree vehicular assault, reckless driving and DWI. The driver of the Jeep was also found to be driving intoxicated.

Many of those convicted of driving while intoxicated may feel like they need extra help changing their behaviors so they can make safer, smarter driving decisions. The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has said studies suggested that interventions and treatment programs focused on alcohol abuse decreased the amount of drunk driving and alcohol-related crashes. Although not foolproof, removing a driver's privileges to drive by suspending driver's licenses or installing ignition interlock devices is also effective.

Contacting an attorney

Whether facing a first-offense DWI charge or aggravated charges, it can help to contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. An attorney will be able to help you understand your charges, and will ensure you are treated fairly in court.

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