The penalties for driving under the influence are serious, and the consequences of a conviction may only increase in severity if additional charges are present. Those accused of similar crimes may find it beneficial to seek guidance in the early stages of the process for advice on how to proceed. A 54-year-old man has recently been arrested and accused of drunk driving following a recent traffic stop in New York.
According to reports, police claim to have received information indicating an individual who was exhibiting erratic driving behavior just after 8 p.m. on a recent Monday. Shortly thereafter, authorities located the vehicle in question in a nearby parking lot. Upon obtaining the driver's identity and running a search, they allegedly found out he was operating the vehicle without a valid license.
After further questioning, police apparently became suspicious of intoxication. They claim that a test indicated his blood-alcohol content to be .18, which is significantly over the legal limit for operating a vehicle. He was subsequently arrested and is facing multiple charges in relation to the alleged incident, including aggravated DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, the latter of which is a felony.
Those accused of drunk driving may wish to protect themselves from potentially devastating consequences, but they might find it challenging to achieve this goal alone. By speaking with an attorney, a client in New York could obtain guidance on making informed decisions throughout the process. An attorney can thoroughly examine the charges against a client, along with the evidence, and provide advice on the best course of action to take during court proceedings.
Source: Peekskill, NY Patch, "Cortlandt Man Faces Felony For Driving Without License: Police", Michael Woyton, Aug. 23, 2017