A person who is accused of a felony might find the subsequent process to be stressful and intimidating. Felony crimes have severe penalties that can have a devastating effect on a person's future. A man could be facing similar challenges after he was recently arrested and accused of drunk driving and possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in New York.
The man was reportedly stopped by law enforcement following numerous traffic violations on an interstate. During this stop, authorities claim that the man appeared to be intoxicated, and he was also allegedly in possession of a small amount of marijuana at the time. Police assert that he allegedly refused to undergo a breathalyzer test after being taken into custody.
Since the man reportedly has a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years, he is now facing felony drunk driving charges, along with various other charges in relation to the incident. A felony conviction would include time behind bars, along with additional penalties that are severe in nature. An individual who is in a similar situation will likely find it advisable to seek legal counsel in the early stages for advice on how to proceed.
A person in New York who is accused of drunk driving could choose to speak with a defense attorney before making any decisions or responses regarding the incident in question. An attorney can thoroughly examine a client's situation, including the events surrounding his or her arrest, and assist in forming a strong defense strategy for use in criminal proceedings. This type of guidance may assist in reducing the charges against an accused individual, or in some cases, getting them dropped entirely.
Source: Mid Hudson Valley, NY Patch, "I-87 Traffic Stop Leads To Felony DWI For Queens Man", Michael Woyton, May 2, 2017