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Man arrested on DWI charges with toddler in car

In New York State, there are different levels of DWI charges that a driver can face when arrested. If convicted and depending on the circumstances, a driver will deal with fines, be sent to jail, lose driving privileges and more.

Some circumstances are taken more seriously than others. For example, if the driver is arrested for DWI offenses and has a child in the vehicle, the penalties will be more severe. With any allegations related to drunk driving, it is imperative to have legal help from the start.

A man was placed under arrest based on Leandra’s Law for driving with a child in his car and having more than two times the legal limit for alcohol in the system. Law enforcement received a tip that there was a speeding vehicle that was moving recklessly. The driver was also said to have thrown a beer can from the window. Officers descended on the scene and stopped the vehicle. The driver, a 55-year-old man, was arrested on DWI charges. Officers also found the driver’s 3-year-old son in the vehicle. The man’s blood-alcohol content was .18 percent. The legal limit is .08 percent. He faces multiple charges.

Since DWI offenses are treated so seriously by law enforcement and the state courts, drivers must be aware of how convictions can affect their lives and how best to combat the charges. It is not only the penalties that can be problematic, but the aftermath. A conviction can negatively affect a person’s life long after the sentence has been served. There is always a need for a strong defense.

In this case, a man was arrested on multiple DWI charges with his young child in the vehicle. Although the charges are serious, he must still formulate a defense. It is possible that the traffic stop was not done according to protocol. There might have been an issue with the testing equipment. Drivers should not automatically accept the charges and punishments. They should do whatever possible to be acquitted or have the charges reduced. Having help from an experienced attorney is the first step.

Source: thelcn.com, “Sheriff: Father drove drunk with 3-year-old, charged,” June 20, 2017

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