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Avoiding DWI Charges is Not Just for NFL Players

It’s well known that driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs can lead to serious consequences, ranging anywhere from steep fines to life-threatening car accidents. New York state legislators have responded to this problem by implementing the STOP-DWI law, which uses the money collected from drunk driving fines to bolster programs for drunk driving enforcement, prosecution, adjudication and education.

While this is helpful when it comes to catching and prosecuting drunk drivers, it does little to prevent those who have been drinking from getting into the driver’s seat altogether. A new app, created by the technology firm Uber, has been developed with just this problem in mind.

The app is designed to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers by acting as a digital dispatcher for those looking for a taxi or car service. Recently, Uber formed a partnership with the NFL Players’ Association, as some professional football players have been known for their issues with DWI/DUI. The service is currently available in more than half of the NFL’s cities, and is readily available to players and their families.

The penalties for drunk driving are very serious in New York. Although fines and driver’s license suspensions are common, you may also need to install an interlock device on your car and serve probation or jail time. These consequences can completely change your life for the worst.

In the event that you or a loved one is battling a drunk-driving charge, contact an experienced New York area criminal defense lawyer right away. With the help of a knowledgeable attorney who knows your rights and the specifics of defending against DUI and DWI, you give yourself the best chance to successfully move on with your life. 

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