Probable cause vs. reasonable suspicion for DWI stops

Police officers in New York cannot just pull people over because they feel like it. Before a legal traffic stop can take place, an officer must reasonably suspect that the driver has committed a crime. Likewise, police cannot just arrest a person at a traffic stop...

Challenging field sobriety tests in New York

New York’s implied consent law requires drivers in the Empire State to submit to chemical tests to determine whether or not they are operating their vehicles while impaired by either drugs or alcohol, but it does not require them to take a field sobriety test when...

Conditional license after a DWI

After being arrested or convicted of a DWI, it is important for you to take steps to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. You may also need some clarification about your rights after your charge. This will keep you from violating any additional laws so you can...

The various ways to challenge a DUI charge

If you are charged with DUI, there is no guarantee that you’ll actually be convicted of the crime. Throughout the legal process, you will be given several opportunities to present evidence that contradicts claims made by law enforcement in New York. There is...

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....