A New York woman was recently arrested for allegedly drinking and driving. Supposedly, this is actually her third DWI defense within the last decade. According to officials, the charge came after she had a car accident.
The 30-year-old woman is facing a felony DWI charge. For unknown reasons, she apparently drove her vehicle off the road, where it ended up in a side ditch early one recent Tuesday morning. She reportedly refused a blood alcohol test, which may make it harder for prosecutors to prove their case. They'll need to rely on other evidence, such as witness' testimony, physical evidence and personal observations.
While many would cringe at the thought of giving an individual who was caught drinking and driving more than a single chance, many individuals are dealing with personal, real-life issues. In some instances, alcohol addiction may play a significant role. In some instances, it may be possible to reach an agreement with prosecutors that is designed to get the help needed. Regardless, previous charges or convictions of drunk driving do not constitute proof that the woman is guilty of the current felony charge.
Considering the circumstances in this situation, an aggressive DWI defense may be appropriate. This involves evaluating all pertinent evidence and assessing the arrest process in order to identify any issues to raise before the court. When dealing with a charge that could potentially change one's life here in New York, it is important to ensure that one's legal rights are fully protected at every stage of the proceedings.
Source: wbng.com, "NYSP: Woman arrested on third DWI charge", Anna Norris, June 24, 2015