The New York state laws regarding drunk driving are complex and extensive, sometimes almost impossible for an average person to understand. The advice of a criminal defense attorney may prove beneficial to anyone facing such charges, especially if the person accused is facing allegations of a repeat offence. The stakes are even higher in situations like this, as penalties tend to increase with each subsequent DUI conviction or when other alleged illegal activities enter the picture.
On April 30 at approximately 11 p.m., New York State Police reportedly stopped a vehicle for what they claim were multiple traffic violations. Officers allege that the driver of the car appeared intoxicated. Additionally, authorities say he was found to be in possession of 1.5 grams of marijuana. When the suspect was arrested and taken for processing, police claim he refused to take a breathalyzer test to determine his BAC.
Because of a prior DWI conviction, officials have charged the man with the Class E Felony of Driving While Intoxicated with a previous conviction within 10 years. Officials also claim that the defendant allegedly attempted to damage State Police property intentionally, and for that, he is facing a Class B Misdemeanor charge of Reckless Endangerment of Property. On top of these charges, the defendant also stands accused of the unlawful possession of marijuana and multiple vehicle and traffic violations.
With such a slew of charges against him, the man’s whole life may be significantly impacted were he to be found guilty. Any residents of New York who find themselves facing charges of a similar or even more serious nature have the legal right to seek professional counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a lawyer would be able to help those accused understand the charges against them as well as the various defense options and the potential outcomes of each while fighting for the best possible results.
Source: hudsonvalleynewsnetwork.com, “Bayside Man Faces Felony DWI Charge in Ulster“, Kathy Welsh, May 2, 2017