Arraignment hearings in New York

Individuals in New York who are arrested for the first time are often nervous during their arraignment hearings as it is usually the first time they have faced a judge in a courtroom. During an arraignment, the defendant pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges...

Aggravated DWI penalties in New York

New York treats drunk driving offenses harshly. The penalties you might face for an aggravated DWI are even more severe. You can be charged with an aggravated DWI when your blood alcohol concentration tests at .18 or higher within two hours of your arrest. Aggravated...

Open container law in New York

Drinking or possessing an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle while in New York can have serious consequences. If you’re drinking alcohol or consuming any form of cannabis, or there’s an open container of an alcoholic beverage in your car while...

An overview of the New York Impaired Driver Program

New York’s Impaired Driver Program, which was once called the Drinking Driver Program, gives individuals who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated to regain their driver’s licenses or reduce the amount of time that their driving privileges are suspended....

What happens when drivers refuse field sobriety tests?

Every state has a tough set of laws to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes. When officers pull a driver over in New York, they may conduct a field sobriety test to check for impairment. Some people may wonder what happens if they refuse these tests. Common...