Driving while intoxicated is a crime. Your judgment, coordination and ability to drive a vehicle change when you consume any amount of alcohol. The level of impairment depends on five conditions

  • the amount of alcohol you drink
  • the amount of food you eat before or while you drink alcohol
  • the length of time you drink alcohol
  • your body weight
  • your gender

There is no quick method to become sober. The best method is to wait until your body absorbs the alcohol. The average rate that your body processes alcohol is approximately one drink per hour.

Many people believe that “buzzed” driving is not “drunk” driving.  This is a common misconception.  With the new strict DWI laws, it can take a very small amount of alcohol to cause you to be driving while intoxicated.

If you refuse to take a chemical test or refuse to blow, the Department of Motor Vehicle can suspend your license to drive up to one year in a separate proceeding known as a Refusal Hearing. It is important to have an experienced defense attorney present with you if you choose to attend the Refusal Hearing who can fight to delay or avoid this suspension.

DWI can be one of the most expensive, time consuming, inconvenient and burdensome offenses to be convicted of.  Contact Natasha Turner, an experienced Orange County DWI attorney based in the Hudson Valley, to find out how she can successfully defend your DWI case.



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