Getting a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction is a serious matter. These convictions can come with steep monetary fines, mandatory ignition interlock installation on all of the accused's vehicles and prison time.
A large number of people recently received tickets and are facing these charges in New York.
Why the recent increase in DWI charges in New York?
This jump in DWI tickets is the result of an enforcement effort in New York that spanned over 18 days. The effort was part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. During this period, over 43,704 tickets were issued. These tickets included speeding infractions, distracted driving violations, DWIs and seat belt violations.
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's comments to a local NBC affiliate, during this effort 739 drivers were arrested for DWI.
Facing DWI charges in New York? You have options.
Although driving while drunk is never a good idea, not everyone that is charged with drunk driving is impaired. Defenses are available for those who believe the charges are false. These defenses can include:
- Improper stop. The stop itself that led to the DWI charge should be reviewed. If the officer conducting the stop did not follow proper protocol, everything that occurred during the stop may not be allowed in court. This could result in a dismissal of charges.
- Breath test issues. Breathalyzers are not always accurate. Results can be inaccurate if the devices are not calibrated correctly or if they are used improperly.
- Violation of civil rights. Although a less common defense, in some cases an officer's actions are a violation of the accused's civil rights. An example would be if an officer altered the results or otherwise faked the DUI report.
Determining the right defensive strategy depends on the details of the case. If you or a loved one is facing these charges, it is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced drunk driving and DWI defense lawyer to help better ensure your legal rights are protected.