New York residents accused of DWI often want to put the whole ordeal behind them as quickly as possible. After all, conviction of drunk driving is serious and can result in stiff fines, loss of license, and even jail time. And when a DWI charge also involves an accident in which there are fatalities, the stakes get even higher.
One such case began on Nov. 5 when a chiropractor from Rochester was allegedly involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of a husband and wife and the injury of another person. Reportedly, the accident occurred in Parma on Route 259, just northwest of Rochester. After the chiropractor's SUV collided with the other vehicle, he allegedly left the scene and later crashed into a tree, causing injury to his 50-year-old passenger. On Nov. 6, police charged the chiropractor with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
While the outcome of this case remains to be seen, it is important for those charged with similar crimes to keep in mind that every New York resident has the right to a strong defense in court. Individuals accused of DWI may be intimidated by what seems like a daunting amount of evidence. That is why knowing one's rights is so important to achieving optimal results. Prosecutors always have the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and in many cases, the complex details of an incident can effectively raise that doubt. DWI charges are very serious, so anyone accused of such actions would do well to seek the best protection available.
Source: Wall Street Journal, "Rochester chiropractor charged with DWI," Nov. 6, 2011