Police throughout New York are always on the lookout for suspected drunk driving. That diligence is even higher during any given holiday of the year, and with Memorial Day being the kickoff to a summer long awaited after a hard cold winter, law enforcement may be particularly watchful this weekend.
New York basketball fans had to do without Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd for two games at the start of the season. He was suspended by the NBA after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated. Kidd would miss the first two games opening basketball's regular season, against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland and against the Miami Heat at home. Analysts expected the suspension as well as its length because other players and coaches had been given the same penalty after convictions or pleas on drunk driving charges.
Actress Lindsey Lohan's 50-year-old mother, Dina Lohan, has been arrested for DWI in New York after blood alcohol testing allegedly showed hers to be over twice the .08 percent legal limit. Media sources indicate that Lohan claimed to have been injured during the course of her arrest, but recanted this allegation after emergency personnel are said to have evaluated her and found no such injuries. She has been scheduled for a Sept. 24 appearance at the Nassau County 1st District Court.
A 42-year-old woman has been placed under arrest after police noticed her driving erratically along the Sunrise Highway. According to police, she was observed to be speeding and weaving randomly between lanes in the early morning hours of June 22. The woman was detained in nearby Patchogue and is said to have 28 prior driver's license suspensions.
A drunk driving conviction in the state of New York can have serious consequences for the driver involved. In the case of a conviction, the driver not only faces a driver's license suspension but may also face jail time, higher insurance premiums and possible vehicle surcharges. A strong DWI defense can help drivers avoid such penalties or lead to a resolution that doesn't involve a permanent criminal record, as is the case with the New York Giants' David Diehl.