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.
Our readers may have heard the recent news about New York Knick Jason Kidd being arrested for DWI after crashing his 2010 Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole in Water Mill, a small community in the Hamptons. Kidd received treatment for minor crash-related injuries, and the police released him without bail. He is due to appear in court at an unknown date.
Police officers are ever expanding their definition of what constitutes an "open container." These days, it could be a package of gummy bears. Earlier this month, police in another state arrested three young adults from New York who were traveling in a car together. The officers initially stopped the car over for a speeding violation.
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."