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Teen accused of drunk driving following car accident

On March 29, it was reported that a New York teenager was charged with felony DWI after he was accused of causing a car accident while he had two underage passengers in his vehicle. According to authorities, the 19-year-old Commack man was driving on March 28 when he crashed the vehicle into a stop sign, a light pole and finally a tree.

Authorities responded to a report about an accident that occurred on Route 25A near Exit SM5 at about 5:30 p.m. It appeared that the teenager was operating a 2011 Infiniti when he lost control, causing the vehicle to crash into a sign, a light post and a tree before coming to a stop. The authorities determined that he was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released. It was not reported if the two minors suffered any injuries.

Under Leandra's Law, the teenager was charged with two counts of felony aggravated DWI. As marijuana was also discovered, he was facing additional charges for unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of child endangerment.

People who are facing an aggravated DWI charge could lose their driving privileges and be incarcerated for a prolonged period if a conviction is obtained. A criminal defense attorney may determine what options they have and may discuss what legal consequences they could be facing depending on their unique situation. If the attorney finds a technicality in the case, it is possible that counsel could seek to have the case dismissed. If this is the defendant's first offense, the attorney may negotiate a plea deal that reduces the potential consequences.

Source: Commack Patch, "Commack Teen Arrested On Felony DWI Charges After Parkway Crash", Priscila Korb, March 29, 2017

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