DWI or driving while intoxicated is a dangerous game of Russian roulette. The driver puts everyone on the road at risk for a horrific tragedy that can destroy lives in an instant.
Just getting into a car while impaired in New York is a criminal offense that law enforcement takes very seriously. If law enforcement suspects a driver is intoxicated, they will typically perform a series of tests on the individual.
The first test an officer will perform is from his naked eye and his nose. The officer will observe if the person is impaired from alcohol. He will also determine this by scent, as in does the driver reeks of booze. After the officer determines the driver is drunk, he will perform a breath test, commonly called a Breathalyzer test. The breath test attempts to measure the amount of alcohol in the driver’s blood. Since it’s not a full-blown blood test, the Breathalyzer will only give the officer an estimate. Doctors have come up with a mathematical equation on the difference of a reading from a breath test compared to a blood test. Even though it’s not a precise reading, the police and the courts use this number as the official number.
Hopefully, you never have to go through these tests and you use a designated driver if you are out drinking. However, if you do make this terrible mistake, get nabbed by the cops and happen to be one of the eight Burroughs, you should quickly reach out to one of the many NYC DWI lawyers who specialize in this type of law.