In Rochester and the surrounding areas of New York State, law enforcement is out in force seeking drivers who might be operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Since driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered such a dangerous act that can lead to accidents and injuries, the law has a litany of potential consequences that can be very severe if there is a conviction. After an arrest, those who are facing charges must make certain they protect themselves and craft a strong defense with help from a lawyer.
A 20-year-old woman has been arrested on several charges related to driving while ability impaired. Law enforcement attempted to stop the woman’s vehicle at shortly before 8 p.m. She fled from them and officers pursued her. She continued until stop sticks were put in the roadway so her vehicle would be disabled. After the vehicle was stopped, she got out of the vehicle and tried to run. She was caught and arrested. She now faces charges of DWAI for drugs, fleeing law enforcement, reckless driving, speeding and more.
With a case involving alleged DUI, it can easily spiral out of control with other allegations. For example, if there is an attempt on the part of the driver to get away from law enforcement, it makes matters worse with harsher potential penalties. Regardless of the situation, however, having a legal defense is critical. Since a conviction can result in lost driving privileges, fines and even jail, it can have a negative impact on a person’s life for a long time. Before doing or saying anything that could end up causing more damage, consulting with a law firm is a must.
It is possible that there were issues with the arrest, the traffic stop was done without justification, or the evidence is not sufficient to warrant the charges. There might be a possible plea bargain or an opening to get an acquittal. This woman must make certain that she is protected because the charges are serious. A law firm that specializes in criminal defense can be of assistance.
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.