What are the latest legal updates with regard to New York’s DUI policy?
Notwithstanding our position as legal advocates on behalf of those accused of driving under the influence, we can all agree that eliminating the instance of DUI-related accidents and injuries should be a top priority for New York lawmakers. Earlier this month, New York Governor Cuomo recognized the efforts of the General Assembly in combatting this difficult problem, including the elevation of the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 – a notion that was signed into law 30 years ago this month.
In a recent speech delivered to the “Under 2 MOU” coalition, Cuomo recounted the work of his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, in addressing the severity of the DUI-related fatality issue in New York. At the time, there were a reported 784 alcohol-related fatalities on New York’s roadways in 1984. Today? Just 292 – representing a near 60 percent decline.
By raising the legal drinking age, the instance of alcohol-fueled crashes has reduced dramatically. However, this has not prompted law enforcers to back down. They are still focused on combatting the problem of young intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel. In just a 3-month span over the summer of 2015, dozens of fake ID cards were confiscated, along with 130 arrests for underage drinking. Likewise, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) recently initiated a crackdown against bars and restaurants caught selling alcohol to minors.
The consequences following a DUI conviction can be steep, particularly if the accused has been convicted more than once for driving under the influence. For starters, fines can reach up to $10,000. Moreover, any driver convicted of three or more DUI’s within a 15-year period could face up to 15 years in prison for a Class D felony.
While we are pleased to see such a dramatic reduction in alcohol-related tragedy, we also remain dedicated to helping those charged with DUI combat the state’s allegations and avoid the collateral pitfalls of a documented DUI criminal record.
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