A New York man who was on parole for a felony drug trafficking conviction crashed his vehicle into a utility pole. Police say the man was intoxicated. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie where he consented to a blood test and was charged with driving while intoxicated. The man is a convicted felon who was sentenced to eight years to life in state prison after he was found guilty of possessing more than three ounces of cocaine in 2003. The man had also served prison sentences in the United States and Mexico for drug trafficking convictions. He is now facing DWI charges at the Town of Pleasant Valley Justice Court.
Everyone on the road is a potential victim when someone chooses to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, including the drunk driver's passengers. In New York, DWI charges can lead to prison time, license suspension and other severe consequences, especially when the driver's actions result in fatalities. Adults under the age of 21 charged with DWI may have fewer options to combat a damaging criminal record and should focus on building a strong defense.
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.
A DWAI arrest in the state of New York can result in punitive actions before the trial even begins. When there are children in the car, child protective services may become involved, evaluating the children's living circumstances to determine if they should remain in their present environments. Driving while impaired with children under the age of 16 in the car raises the seriousness of the offense, with the driver facing an automatic felony charge under the state's Leandra's Law, making it even more important for the driver to prepare a strong DWI defense.
A DUI conviction can have serious consequences, including social repercussions, prison, fines and loss of license. If additional charges such as reckless endangerment or vehicular assault are filed, the stakes are even higher. Those facing drunk driving charges should be aware of their rights under the law.
Police in New York often cast a very wide net when cracking down on drunk driving during major holidays such as this past Labor Day. Such a broad search is likely to return false positives due to the nature of field sobriety testing. Repercussions for those charged with DUI or DWI can include the loss of their driver's licenses and major increases in insurance costs.
Many people are under the impression that they can only be charged with felony drunk driving if they are operating a larger automobile such as a truck or car. In actuality, driving even a golf cart while under the influence could result in a DWI charge. Recently, New York state police charged a Dover man with two felonies for allegedly driving a golf cart while intoxicated.
Readers in Poughkeepsie may be interested in the recent DWI charges filed against a Long Island man. The man reportedly drove into a home in his neighborhood on Aug. 13. Though nobody was injured, significant damage was done to the property. In addition to the couple who owns the property, two children and a family friend were asleep in the home at the time of the crash.
When a person is accused of driving under the influence, he or she needs a strong criminal defense to prevent a conviction. Sometimes additional charges are levied with the drunk driving charge, which may make a judge or jury less sympathetic to the defendant. In these cases, it is important that a criminal defense seeks to show that the accused was improperly charged or that there were extenuating circumstances.
If one isn't careful, a DWI arrest can happen to just about anyone. Recently, a Pawling Village Court justice was arrested and now faces the possibility of a second DWI conviction.