For many who are on parole, abstaining from drugs and alcohol is a condition of their release, and for good reason. Impairment by drugs or alcohol quickly leads some to behave recklessly. Unfortunately, this may lead to additional charges, loss of parole and further complications in one’s life. For many in this situation, a strong criminal defense strategy may have a goal of minimizing the potentially severe consequences.
One New York man was only a few months into a 14-month parole when he had a dangerous encounter with police. Witnesses say the man was driving an SUV the wrong way down a one-way street when police attempted to stop him by blocking his path. The man apparently went around the roadblock and continued driving, sideswiping vehicles and narrowly missing pedestrians. Again turning the wrong way down a street, the driver allegedly crashed head-on into a police vehicle.
Police say they found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. Some witnesses reported that the man admitted he stole the SUV. He is now facing charges that include drunk driving, possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment, in addition to his parole violation.
This man and others in similar circumstances may be facing severe penalties that may affect their lives indefinitely. In such a situation, the quality of criminal defense can have a tremendous impact on the outcome for the accused. With a goal of achieving the most positive results possible, a skilled and aggressive New York attorney will fight to defend the rights and freedoms of the client.