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Teen drivers and DWI

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many New York teens. While the ability to drive gives your teen some much desired independence, it also comes with a lot of responsibility. Graduations and summer breaks present lots of opportunities for partying, which means teens are at a higher risk for getting behind the wheel after they have been drinking. Being charged with driving while intoxicated can have lasting effects on your teen’s life. At The Law Offices of Zev Goldstein, PLLC, we understand that keeping your teen driver safe and out of trouble is extremely important to you.

The use of red light cameras in New York remains controversial

Drivers who run a red light at one of New York City’s 150 intersections can expect to see a ticket in the mail. However, despite the fact that the red light camera program has been in place in New York City for 20 years, it still remains controversial according to PIX11.

Traffic tickets and your credit score

Most New York drivers probably do not think about their credit score when they think about traffic tickets. However, should a ticket go unpaid, in addition to any legal repercussions that may result, a driver’s credit score may also be adversely impacted. If a ticket goes unpaid, the municipality that issued it may then turn the ticket over to a collection agency. Considering that in 2011 New York City was owed $680 million dollars in unpaid fines according to the Dough Roller, the city certainly has motivation to pursue those tickets. If the fine goes unpaid even after the collection agency attempts to recover it, the agency may report it the credit bureaus.

Recent stories highlight issues with parking enforcement

Parking tickets may seem like a fact of life for many New York residents and commuters who drive in the city. However, two recent news items have brought attention to the fact that drivers may not be getting a fair shake when it comes to enforcement of parking laws.

Are there any defenses to a stop sign violation?

In New York, you are required to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. If you have received a ticket for violating this requirement, you may be wondering whether it is worth fighting the ticket. While failing to stop at a stop sign may seem like a minor violation, it can still have serious consequences for you. At The Law Offices of Zev Goldstein, PLLC, we understand that your ability to drive is important and that you want to keep your driving record clean. There may, therefore, be some defenses you can use if you received a ticket for a stop sign violation.

Can a breathalyzer test be wrong?

Yes, it is possible for the results of a breathalyzer test to not accurately reflect the amount of alcohol that is present in your system. Therefore, the continued use of breath tests in New York as a way to determine a person’s level of intoxication may have the unfortunate result of causing you to face a charge of driving while intoxicated even if you are innocent.

Are self-driving cars legal in New York?

While cars that drive themselves are looking to be the wave of the future, they are not currently legal in the state of New York. This technology could potentially curtail you from being cited for many types of traffic violations since the cars take the human factor out of driving. In theory, staying below the speed limit and obeying traffic laws would be automatic since the car would be doing the decision-making for you.

Supreme Court to decide if warrants needed for breath tests

In New York, as in many other states, a person who is pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated and who refuses to submit to a breath or blood test is subject to punishment. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, a refusal can result in a license suspension or even revocation. However, this punishment is a civil penalty only and is separate and apart from any criminal charges that result from a DWI arrest.