New York teen faces accusations of drunk driving after crash

When drivers in New York are accused of driving while intoxicated, most of the time they have the legal right to consume alcohol in the right circumstances. For drivers under the age of 21, if they are caught operating a vehicle while intoxicated, they not only have to contend with a accusations of DWI but also with potential charges of underage drinking. One local teen is facing this exact dilemma after police say she was caught drunk driving.

The teen was arrested after apparently crashing her vehicle into a guardrail very late at night on an expressway. When police arrived on the scene, they say she told them she was heading to pick up her mom at an undisclosed location. They allege that she showed physical signs of intoxication and smelled as though she’d consumed alcohol. According to the officers, she stated she’d consumed one beer.

Authorities say they administered a test that revealed her blood alcohol content to be .107 percent. The legal limit for an underaged driver in the state of New York is .02 percent. That rate is lower than the .08 percent limit for drivers who are at least 21 years old. She was charged with two counts of misdemeanor DWI. There is no word on what subsequent legal action will involve or what punishment she could face if ultimately convicted.

Those who are convicted of drunk driving can face different punishments, ranging from a fine to incarceration, depending on the severity of the offense and other factors. No matter the circumstances, New York drivers are fully entitled to their day in court to defend themselves against any charges. Because prosecutors often treat these types of allegations seriously, a person charged with DWI may benefit by seeking guidance and assistance concerning the laws that encompass these types of offenses in order to prepare the best defense possible. Doing so could lead to a reduction in charges or even a dismissal in certain cases.

Source:, "DWI charge for teen who crashed while going to pick up her mom, prosecutors say", Frank Donnelly, July 4, 2014

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