You may take medication every day without a thought to how it might affect you when you get behind the wheel. Some drugs may not come with a warning about their effects on driving, while with others the warning could be confusing. Your medication may not have any noticeable impairing side effects unless you combine it with another medicine or supplement, or you might not have previously had any side effects, only to be taken by surprise. For these and other reasons, New York drivers may find themselves facing DWI charges when they least expected them.
You may be out having some fun with your friends at a local bar. When you leave, you see police officers at a DUI checkpoint. They are pulling people over they suspect may be driving drunk. So, what do you do? You follow the officers' orders and do everything they say.
Any violation of the law in New York tends to carry extreme consequences for the perpetrator if it leads to a conviction. However, we often see our clients initially underestimating just how much a criminal conviction might affect their futures. At Villarini & Henry, L.L.P., we make it our first priority to inform clients of the short-term and long-term ramifications of any judgment a court might make against them, regardless of the perceived severity of the infraction in question.
You may not be surprised to hear that Buffalo continues to rank among the top cities in the U.S. in the number of violent crimes committed each year. In 2016, the city came in 15 on that list, according to Buffalo Business First. There were 2,887 violent crimes that year, including 41 murders and manslaughters, 1,033 robberies, 1,640 aggravated assaults and 173 rapes.