A driver in New York was recently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. However, police did not spot him swerving on a road or running a red light. No, they spotted him lying on some grass outside of their own station. In any case involving driving under the influence, the goal of the criminal defense is to get the charges removed or to pursue the most favorable sentencing possible considering the circumstances surrounding the case.
According to police, the man was intoxicated when he decided to park his automobile at a police academy on a Wednesday afternoon. He then reportedly got out of the car to lie down on the grass. An off-duty state trooper later reported seeing a suspicious man lying down in the academy parking lot.
Police said when they arrived at the scene, they determined that the man's blood alcohol content was more than triple the legal limit for DWI by using a breath test and sobriety tests, which he failed. They allegedly could smell alcohol on the man's breath and also noticed that his motor skills were weak. The man now faces a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated.
People from any walk of life may end up facing a drunk driving charge, which can be humiliating and do damage to their professional and personal reputations. Unfortunately, state laws related to DWI offenses can be complex. An attorney in New York can review every aspect of a defendant's case and raise questions about the validity of a breath test or sobriety test, where errors made on the part of police officers may taint evidence. The criminal defense will ultimately strive for a personally satisfactory outcome while ensuring that the defendant's rights are not violated.
Source: timesunion.com, "Drunken driver napped in grass outside State Police Academy, troopers say", Emily Masters, May 18, 2017