In the state of New York, a DWI conviction can have wide-reaching consequences for the convicted. Not only will a conviction likely lead to the loss of driving privileges unless hardship can be proven, but it also can lead to possible jail time and fines. There are a variety of situations that may cause a driver to be arrested for driving while over the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, and a recent incident involving a nearly nude woman arrested for DWI demonstrates just how varied those arrested for DWI can be.
According to the police, the accident occurred on Jan. 18 before 1 a.m., when a 36-year-old Warwick woman allegedly crashed into a retaining wall and fled the scene of the accident. When police caught up to the fleeing woman, she was found to be wearing nothing but an unzipped leather jacket. Police stated that her speech at the time was slurred and that she took 10 minutes to dress in clothing that was in the vehicle.
The woman was given field sobriety tests but was reportedly unable to complete them due to an inability to follow the officer’s instructions. After her arrest, she became argumentative, according to the police. Among the charges she now faces are driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
Residents of the state of New York have the right to a vigorous defense against DWI charges. A defendant can challenge the charges in a trial, including any results from field sobriety tests. He or she can also attempt to obtain a plea bargain to reduce the charges in an attempt to limit the damage from a DWI conviction, which can include the suspension of the driver’s license.
Source: Examiner, “A nearly nude driver faces DWI and other charges after weekend incident,” Stacy Carey, Jan. 21, 2013