New York State has signed a new law that will require any drivers involved in a serious car accident to submit to a sobriety test. A serious crash is defined by any car accident that results in injuries or one or more fatalities. The bill will go into effect in the middle of January in an effort to hold drunk drivers accountable for not only violating the law but also for causing injury or death to another party.

When a driver causes a serious accident, they will be required to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test regardless of whether law enforcement able to establish probable cause of driver impairment. The current law requires probable cause to be established before testing sobriety. In the event that the driver refuses to submit to a sobriety test, they may be subject to a driver’s license suspension.

If an individual is found to have more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent alcohol in their bloodstream at the time of a serious accident, it may result in serious penalties such as license revocation, serious fines, and the potential for jail time.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in New York State, it is important to understand the penalties you may face. Contact our firm today for legal guidance.

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