You may think you are ready to drive after a single drink at a New York bar. The state has strict laws regarding driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
There are a variety of factors that affect your body’s ability to absorb and process alcohol. These can affect whether or not it is safe for you to drive.
Common warning signs
The NY Department of Motor Vehicles details what you can expect when caught driving under the influence of alcohol. The state considers this a crime and outlines seven different violations you may face. Driving with a blood alcohol content between .05 and .07 is considered an impairment while .18 BAC results in an Aggravated DWI.
Whether or not you are safe to drive home from the bar depends on your gender, time spent drinking, amount consumed, body weight and whether or not you ate. Generally speaking, your body can process an alcoholic drink for every hour.
Costs of a DUI
Depending on the initial charge, you can expect to pay a hefty fine, lawyer fees and possibly court costs. You may also face jail time and have your driver’s license revoked for a period of time.
For example, if you drove only impaired by alcohol, you may face a license suspension of 90 days, up to 15 days in jail and a fine ranging from $300 to $500. There are penalties for refusing a chemical test, multiple convictions or a combination of charges.