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NFL linebacker charged with DUI following Lincoln Tunnel accident

If you have been accused of driving under the influence and are convicted, your sentence will depend on a number of factors such as your blood alcohol level, whether you had a minor in the car at the time, whether you were involved in an accident, and whether you injured or killed another person in the accident. Generally, serious accidents and higher blood alcohol levels result in more severe penalties.

An NFL player was arrested for a DUI after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident while allegedly driving the wrong way in the Lincoln Tunnel. Dylan Donahue, linebacker on the New York Jets, apparently went around traffic cones and entered the center tube of the Lincoln Tunnel, and was headed east while traffic was going west. As a result, Donahue struck a bus with 15 passengers. Four of the bus passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

According to police, Donahue failed a sobriety test and breath test. Donahue's passenger was also arrested for disorderly conduct. Donahue was then taken into custody.

New York has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country. However, being charged with a DUI does not mean that you will be convicted. In many cases, breath test and field sobriety test results prove to be unreliable and therefore, cannot be used against you in court. Sometimes, the arresting officer will fail to follow protocol or violate the accused's constitutional rights. You and your attorney can work together to come up with ways to defend yourself against the charges and refute the prosecutor's arguments. If you are successful, you may be able to avoid conviction, or at least lessen the charges against you.

Source: New York 4, "Jets Linebacker Arrested for Wrong-Way DUI at Lincoln Tunnel," Feb. 26, 2018

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