Many people may find themselves facing allegations of a driving while intoxicated offense in New York. Prosecutors may often pursue drunk driving charges with vigor. Lawmakers have given authorities a wide number of tools in bringing DWI charges. The laws are complex, and the consequences can be harsh. Allegations of high alcohol levels can bring enhanced charges, and a person could face a felony DWI on a first-time offense in specified circumstances under New York law.
It is important to note that a charge is not a finding of legal guilt. Law enforcement, toxicology experts and others involved with the government can make mistakes.
A recent story from New Hartford, New York, highlights how a driver can face felony allegations after being involved in a minor mishap on the road. Police claim that a 26-year-old Utica, New York, woman skidded off the road in her car while attempting to exit from Route 8. Sliding on an exit is not uncommon in New York in early March. But, authorities say that after the woman slid off the road, law enforcement began to suspect her of drunk driving.