Being accused of impaired driving in New York can be detrimental to anyone’s career, regardless of whether a conviction is ultimately secured. This was underscored by the arrest of the Executive Director of the New York City Fire Pension Fund who was reportedly relieved from his position immediately upon his arrest. Drunk driving charges or driving while impaired by narcotics or prescription medication can result in job loss even before the accused person appears in court.
The 62-year-old was formerly the President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. He was arrested on a recent evening after he apparently lost control of the vehicle he was driving. A report indicates that the car came to a halt in front of a store after mounting the sidewalk and striking a dumpster. Reportedly, a witness said the man appeared dazed as he sat in the driver’s seat immediately after the incident.
The witness said the driver tried to walk away, but he was detained by several people who held him until police arrived. Police say they found cocaine in the driver’s possession. He was taken from the scene in an ambulance, and he is now facing charges of driving while impaired and controlled substance possession.
Any driver in New York who faces drunk driving charges or driving while impaired may find it helpful to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Having legal counsel present during questioning and interviews can protect the rights of an accused driver. The lawyer can do whatever is necessary to obtain the best possible outcome.
Source: NBC New York, “Former FDNY Union Head Arrested for DWI, Cocaine Possession After Losing Control of His Vehicle in Midtown: Police”, Roseanne Colletti, May 9, 2018