Charges for driving while intoxicated can be challenging for New Yorkers as it can lead to a litany of penalties that will negatively impact their lives in multiple areas. When they have been convicted in the past, a repeat DWI can make matters far worse as the penalties are often much more severe. While DWI is a dangerous act that can cause property damage, injuries and death, that does not automatically imply that anyone who is accused of it is guilty. Each case must be assessed on its own merits and everyone has a right to craft a defense against these charges, no matter the circumstances.
A 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly driving while he was four times above the legal limit for alcohol in the system. The arrest was made during the early morning hours when law enforcement pulled the vehicle over. The man was given a roadside sobriety test and the deputy concluded that he was under the influence. He was given a blood test after he was brought to jail and his blood-alcohol concentration registered .31 percent. That is just under four times the legal limit of .08 percent.
The amount in the man’s system is significant and research indicates it is sufficient to cause alcohol poisoning. Upon examining the man’s record, he was found to have had five driver license suspensions and had an ignition interlock device on his vehicle. He had circumvented the device to drive when he was arrested. He faces charges of DWI, aggravated DWI, driving without a license and for circumnavigating the ignition interlock device.
New York State treats DWI offenders harshly and if it is a person who has been convicted in the past, they can face major penalties including a lifetime suspension of driving privileges, jail time, massive fines and more. Although people who have these types of charges lodged against them might be viewed as guilty, they could have a reasonable explanation for what happened. The traffic stop could have been made without proper cause or protocol violations might make the case untenable. To avoid the penalties for a felony DWI, a person must remember the importance of a legal defense. A law firm that has extensive experience in drunk driving cases should be called for 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.
About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…
About William M. Swift is an associate attorney at the Law Office of James L. Riotto and brings 20 years of experience to our clients. His practice focuses on personal injury cases and criminal matters. He has successfully represented individuals in felony, misdemeanor cases. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge in DMV administrative proceedings involving suspensions…