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Charges for DUI and drug crimes spark pregnant woman’s arrest

People can face drunk driving allegations in unusual circumstances in Rochester. The potential consequences and penalties should there be a conviction can have a negative impact on their lives in multiple ways. For those whose personal situation makes DUI charges more problematic than they might be for another person, it is even more vital to have legal help.

A 26-year-old pregnant woman was arrested for DUI after she vomited on the side of the road and then fled from law enforcement. A law enforcement officer saw the woman throwing up out of the window of her vehicle at about 9:45 p.m. When the officer went to investigate, she fled. Other officers found the vehicle later. She told them she was sick because she was pregnant and stated she was unaware that an officer had attempted to assist her during the earlier incident. She admitted to having left a bar. She was given field sobriety tests and did poorly. Cocaine was allegedly found in the vehicle. She faces charges of DUI and for possession of a controlled substance.

For anyone who is arrested and charged with DUI and drug crimes, the problems they can face with a conviction for any of the allegations can be severe and life-changing. Jail time, fines, a loss of driving privileges and more can take place. That is before mentioning other potential problems such as a police record, disfavor in the community, issues getting certain jobs and more. For someone who has a family or is starting one, it is imperative to have legal protection and understand the various avenues to formulate a defense.

While the image of a pregnant woman committing DUI and being in possession of cocaine will immediately be viewed as negative, there are many strategies to deal with these charges. It is possible that the search of the vehicle was illegal. There could have been a reasonable explanation for her to have had problems with the field sobriety tests. She must remember her rights and craft a strong defense against the DUI and drug crimes. A law firm experienced with a variety of criminal defense areas can help.

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James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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