Although it may seem unusual or unfair that your own insurance must cover damages from an accident that was caused by another person, the no-fault system was designed to avoid drawn-out litigations and to assure drivers that insurance would pay for the damages of anyone injured in a transportation accident, no matter who is at fault.
There are few moments more stressful than being pulled over by a police officer and asked to take a breath or blood test. But is it appropriate for the police officer to make that request? The short answer is yes.
New York state law categorizes drunk driving into three offenses, depending upon the percentage of alcohol in your blood, or Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Your BAC can be estimated in a breath sample or determined from a blood sample.
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions almost always include the revocation or suspension of your drivers’ license. Without the ability to drive, functioning in the modern world can become a logistical nightmare.
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In New York, drunk driving convictions are violations, misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specific offense and with increasing penalties for each category. Driving while impaired by drugs, or impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, is always a misdemeanor or felony.
There are more than 276 million registered vehicles and 225 million licensed drivers in the US. It would be nice to assume that every driver and every vehicle is insured—yet approximately 13 percent are not.
DUI, which is Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs, is an offense in some states, but New York statutes do not make any reference to DUI. Instead, New York law divides the offense into three distinct categories, DWI, AGG-DWI, DWAI.