Beginning in the middle of this month, New York state will require that any driver who was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident be tested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This new law was signed in December 2017 and will go into effect in just a few weeks. The primary goal behind this new legislation is to hold drivers accountable for causing the serious injury or death one or more other individuals when they make the decision to drive under the influence.
When a serious accident occurs and law enforcement is called to the scene, they will require the driver to submit to a mandatory blood, breath, or urine test that will show whether they are intoxicated. Of course, if the driver is under the influence, they will be subject to serious charges especially if there are any fatalities involved as a result of the accident. In the event that the driver refuses to submit to a blood alcohol test that law enforcement tries to administer, they will be subject to a driver’s license suspension that will go into effect immediately.
If an individual is charged with driving while intoxicated in addition to causing an accident that resulted in injuries or fatalities, they will be facing serious consequences that may involve years behind bars. Contact our firm today if you have been charged with a crime.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter in New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation and we would be happy to assist you.