Anyone can face charges for driving while intoxicated in Upstate New York. Often, these allegations extend to other charges that can significantly enhance the penalties depending on what the officer claims to have found during the investigation. In some cases, the person arrested works in a job where their duties include handling DWI cases and preventing drivers from doing damage when committing the act. In any case, the penalties for a conviction can have personal and professional implications. Having a competent legal defense is a must.
A 61-year-old man who works as a coordinator to stop drivers who are under the influence in his county was arrested on multiple charges related to DWI charges and possession of drugs. A deputy pulled the man’s vehicle over because of a seatbelt violation. The driver was also using his cellphone while driving. When the deputy investigated, cocaine was found in the vehicle. The man was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and other traffic violations. He was dismissed from his job as soon as his employer was notified of the arrest. The investigation is continuing.
For those who are arrested for DWI charges and are simultaneously dealing with other allegations related to the same incident, understanding the potential consequences goes beyond jail, fines and lost driving privileges. It can also impact a person’s professional life in a myriad of ways. After the arrest, it is imperative to understand how to formulate a defense against these charges. Perhaps the traffic stop was not done lawfully. There could have been extenuating circumstances related to the incident. Or the person might simply have made a mistake for which he or she should not be forced to pay with the worst of the potential penalties.
It could be seen with a level of irony when a person whose job it is to deal with people who are driving while intoxicated gets arrested for DWI and drug charges himself, but that is irrelevant when defending against the charges. The man must speak to a qualified attorney to perhaps negotiate a plea bargain or get an outright acquittal. There are many avenues to lodge a defense and a drunk driving lawyer can help.
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.