Drunk driving charges can happen under a variety of circumstances in Rockland County. It can happen when there is an accident, after law enforcement makes a traffic stop, or when a driver is deemed to be driving erratically. When people are arrested for drunk driving – regardless of the circumstances – one of the most important factors to remember is that having legal help is key to the case to avoid a conviction and harsh penalties.
A man who was supposed to be a designated driver said he was bringing an intoxicated friend home when he found himself arrested on drunk driving charges. The incident happened around 2 a.m. when law enforcement saw a vehicle being driven erratically. When the vehicle was stopped and law enforcement questioned the driver, he stated that he was bringing his passenger – who was intoxicated and asleep – home. The officer came to the conclusion that the driver was also drunk and placed him under arrest. The man was charged with DWI and his passenger was taken to the hospital to be treated.
Being arrested on drunk driving charges can lead to significant penalties, including lost driving privileges, fines, jail time and the need to have an ignition interlock device placed on the person’s vehicle. After a conviction, even after the case is over and the punishments have been completed, it does not necessarily mean that the problems are over. A DWI conviction can negatively impact a person’s ability to get certain jobs.
A defense can be crafted in a myriad of ways. Perhaps law enforcement did not initiate the stop according to the law. It might be that the person was not under the influence at all and the blood alcohol content level did not surpass the legal limit. Or, the testing device could have been faulty. Having an attorney who is experienced in drunk driving cases is the first step to begin laying the foundation for a defense.
Source: ramapo.dailyvoice.com, “Designated Driver Charged With DWI In Route 45 Stop,” Zak Failla, Feb. 12, 2018