Get convicted of a crime in Orange County and you could be facing more than just time in jail. State law allows authorities to seize assets that they show have been used in the commission of crime, and the Orange County District Attorney declared this week that he intends to use forfeiture to the fullest extent he can to boost enforcement and prosecution efforts.
Felony charges for allegedly driving drunk indicate that authorities mean serious business. And anyone facing such charges should be taking the matter just as seriously in protecting their rights. Consulting an experienced attorney is always suggested as a first step.
In Long Island in May 2012, a 51-year-old man allegedly hit a 76-year-old woman and her 78-year-old husband with his car. The Merrick couple was walking across the road while holding hands. They were both injured, and the driver was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated. Reports say that his blood-alcohol content at the time of the pedestrian accident was .20 percent, which is more than twice the state's legal limit.
A New York City firefighter was killed and a New Jersey man was charged with drunk driving after his car struck the firefighter's motorcycle. The accident occurred in Union Township, New Jersey, at 5 a.m. when the 56-year-old man was on his way to work. According to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, the firefighter was pronounced dead at the scene when he was thrown from his 2004 Suzuki after being struck by a 1996 Honda Accord as he was making a turn.
A Hudson Valley man is being accused of homicide in the aftermath of an accident in which a motorcyclist died. According to police, the man had been driving at approximately 10:30 p.m. without his headlights and collided with the motorcycle. The motorcyclist died at a nearby hospital.
A New York resident who was formerly an anti-DWI advocate was arrested for drunk driving herself after her vehicle was found crashed into a tree outside her apartment in Colonie. Although the woman survived, she was arrested for driving while intoxicated after reportedly failing the sobriety tests officers on the scene administered to her. The woman had worked closely with the Albany County Stop DWI group to help raise awareness against drunk driving. Her brother was the passenger of a car driven by another individual when he died in a drunk driving crash. The driver served two and a third to seven years in prison. Ever since her brother's death, she has been an advocate against drunk driving, even working with the Choices 301 anti-drunk driving campaign.