A man from out of state is facing serious charges after he was pulled over by state police on Jan. 5, according to local sources. The New York State Police stopped the man, who has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. No court date has been announced, but the man will be represented by a criminal defense attorney from that point forward.
According to the arrest record, police say they witnessed the suspected individual committing a traffic violation, prompting them to pull him over. They did not make mention of what the alleged violation was, but they did confirm that upon speaking with the 37-year-old male driver, they came to the determination that he was intoxicated. They did not comment specifically on what led them to this conclusion.
The man was arrested and charged with felony DWI. The charge was upgraded to a felony because of a prior conviction within the last 10 years. The existing conviction allows New York lawmakers to upgrade his alleged crime to a Class E felony. As a result, if he is found guilty, he could face considerable prison time.
DWI is a very serious charge in any state, and can result in the loss of a driver’s license, employment and freedom. However, the accused man is guaranteed the presumption of innocence and a fair trial, and an experienced criminal defense attorney in New York can go a long ways toward ensuring that this actually occurs. The lawyer will also review the facts of the case and focus on building a compelling defense against the criminal charges.