A Guide to Steering Clear of DWIs This Holiday Season

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Be Aware of Local DWI Laws

With the holiday season here, we all want to enjoy the festivities without compromising our safety. For many, indulging in alcohol over the holidays is common – which, unfortunately, can lead someone down a dangerous path. That's why it's so important to be mindful of how much you're consuming and know about your local DWI laws.

Whether you're a resident or just visiting Nassau County, this guide provides some useful information on staying safe from DUI-related offenses this winter. We hope that by learning more about DWI regulations and consequences, we can help each driver make informed decisions about when they should get behind the wheel and what to do if you find yourself stopped on suspicion of a DWI.

The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

There are many dangers associated with drinking and driving, the most serious of which is the risk of causing a car accident. Drunk drivers can cause accidents by making poor decisions while behind the wheel, such as speeding, driving too close to other cars, or turning without signaling. Drunk drivers can also be less aware of their surroundings and more likely to react poorly to unexpected situations. In addition, drunk drivers are more likely to be in a car accident because their reflexes are slowed down, and they may not be able to control their vehicles properly.

Drunk drivers can face serious criminal charges if they are involved in an accident. In some cases, these charges may include vehicular manslaughter or even murder. If you are convicted of a drunk driving charge, you may face expensive fines, loss of your driver's license, and even jail time.

The bottom line is that drinking and driving is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. If you have been drinking, please do not get behind the wheel – find a safe way home instead. If you are in a situation where you cannot guarantee a safe ride home, avoid drinking and remain sober.

Tips for finding alternative transportation home if you've been drinking:

  • Name a designated driver before going out
  • Download ride-sharing or taxi cab apps so you can call for a ride home
  • Have a reliable friend or family member whom you can if you need a ride home
  • Familiarize yourself with local public transportation options

New York's Strict DWI Laws

DWI laws in New York are very strict, and the courts take a notoriously hard line. If you are convicted of driving while impaired, you can expect to face significant fines and may face jail time. In addition, you may be required to take a driver safety course before regaining your driving privileges.

In New York, if a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, they may be charged with a DWI.

The consequences will become increasingly severe if you get more than one DWI violation. You could lose your license altogether, and you may even have to spend time in prison. So if you find yourself in a situation where you've had too much to drink, it's best to call a taxi or ask a friend for a ride home. Otherwise, you could end up paying a steep price.

How an Attorney Can Help You Deal with DWI Charges

If you are facing DWI charges in New York, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you have an advocate on your side, the better your chance of getting a favorable outcome. Your attorney can help you understand the charges against you and guide you on how to best deal with the situation. They can also represent your interests in court and work to help you achieve the best possible resolution to your case.

Our DWI attorney at Foley Griffin has 25 years of experience handling these cases in Nassau County, and we can help you today. Send us a message to schedule a consultation.

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