A recent decision from a federal appeals court in another state might be of interest to our readers here in Poughkeepsie, New York. The court decided that a woman could pursue her case against a state trooper who stopped her, conducted field sobriety tests and then arrested her for drunk driving. Urine tests proved that she was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol of any kind.
Earlier this month in a New York City subway station, Scout Willis, the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis was arrested for underage drinking and using a fake driver's license. The 20-year-old Brown University student was released on her own recognizance without having to post bail and ordered to appear in criminal court on July 31.
Dutchess County officials have kicked off a STOP-DWI program called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The Dutchess County executives and legislators told residents not to "drink and drive. It's just not worth the risk."
With each conviction of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the penalties increase. You lose your license, you forfeit your car, you get probation and maybe even jail time if you don't learn your lesson after a few arrests. By that time, your choices boil down to trial or plea bargain, and mitigate the extent of your punishment as much as possible.
Last month, a 20-year-old Poughkeepsie man led New Jersey State Police on a high-speed chase without a front tire. Needless to say, once the police caught up to him he faced a number of related charges such as resisting arrest and possession of mushrooms and marijuana; and traffic violations including speeding and DUI.