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Laws targeting motorists caught driving while intoxicated offer New York judges some of the harshest penalties to impose upon those convicted of violating them. License revocation and license suspension usually accompany fines and jail or prison sentences faced by individuals who plead guilty or are found guilty after trial of drunk driving charges.

Among the consequences of a DUI charge is the requirement that a convicted motorist install an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle. The device prohibits the driver from starting the vehicle without first blowing into a tube. In much the same way as a police officer administers a breath test to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content level, the ignition interlock device analyzes the breath sample blown into it to determine if the individual has been drinking.

The device will not allow the car to be started if it detects the presence of alcohol. The device also records the failed test. The devices are usually a condition of probation, so a failed attempt to start the vehicle could be used as the basis for violating the person’s probation and, perhaps, sending him or her to jail.

A new law allows judges to extend the length of time that a motorist must keep an ignition interlock device installed in a vehicle if the person is caught violating the terms of a DUI sentence. Critics of the new law claim that most people are finding ways to circumvent the installation of the device, but the new law nonetheless gives judges another weapon to use.

Tougher drunk driving laws make it important for a person charged with violating them to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney with knowledge of New York DUI laws can address concerns and questions that a person might have when charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.

Source: WBNG, “DWI law changes, but some argue there’s a long way to go,” Stephen Adams, Dec. 2, 2015

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