The holiday season officially begins with Thanksgiving weekend. With the holiday season also comes increased patrols by New York police officers in search of drunk driving offenders. According to one nightclub owner, who is the president of a group called Restaurants Against Drunk Driving, Thanksgiving is actually the biggest night of the year for parties and DUI arrests.
Driving while intoxicated is not only dangerous, it is against the law and can result in serious repercussions. If an individual is caught with more alcohol in the system than legally allowed, he or she could face serious fines and even time behind bars. This is what may happen to one woman who was recently involved in a vehicle accident in New York which resulted in her being charged with drunk driving.
An upstate New York ice cream vendor that was previously harassed and stalked by two business competitors has run into trouble with the law himself. The owner/operator of Mr. Ding-A-Ling's ice cream truck in Fulton County was arrested for drunk driving over the July 4th weekend. While a DWI arrest is serious under any circumstances, the fact that the accused man was operating a vehicle intended to attract ice cream cone customers may have raised a few eyebrows in Northampton, where the incident occurred. Fortunately, police say this happened shortly after midnight, well past the hour when young children would normally be clamoring for cones.
A 52-year-old woman responsible for supervising the operations of the transportation department for an upstate New York school district is in trouble with the law. At just after 5:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in early May, another motorist collided with her car at an intersection. Preliminary evidence suggests that the other driver was temporarily blinded by the setting sun. Nevertheless, police responding to the scene soon suspected the apparently off-duty transportation supervisor of DUI.
A New York mother of four has been arrested and charged with a number of crimes after being stopped on a state highway late on a Tuesday night in May. Police say she was observed failing to keep to the right on state Route 26 in Lee, although that specific allegation was not further described. Nevertheless, she was pulled over and ended up being accused of drunk driving and other crimes and traffic infractions.
A teenage driver, a single vehicle accident in the early morning hours and allegations of drunk driving are an all-too-common recipe for disaster on New York roadways. Law enforcement officials in Madison County say those potentially lethal ingredients combined to result in a fatal pickup truck accident not long after midnight on a recent Thursday morning. A 19-year-old woman thought to have been the driver of the pickup was subsequently located and formally accused of a number of DWI related charges.
When tragedies involve criminal accusations, the response of the community to those deemed responsible can be quite strong. In the process, those with a personal interest in the criminal case may elect to speak when it comes time for a New York court to impose a criminal sentence. At such a time it may be important for a defendant to speak well on his or her own behalf, with a good understanding of the applicable law. The need may be even greater when the case includes allegations of drunk driving.
The circumstances of a given incident or criminal accusation can distract from a good defense against any charges. An accused individual may not only need to defend against any crime he or she is accused of, but also be prepared to frame the circumstances of the charges in a way that is not distracting to the court or jury. If the circumstances are very unusual or seem to support the DUI charges, responding to the crime in a way that re-frames the circumstances so the judge or jury can understand may be an important part of creating a strong defense in New York.
Anyone who is suspected of drunk driving in New York has much to lose. Time behind bars, fines and a suspended driver's license are all potential DUI punishments, even first-time offenders. As a person faces subsequent drunk driving charges, the penalties only get stronger.
In the investigation of a fatal accident, police typically gather a wide range of evidence before they decide to make an arrest. In many cases, New York police officers may determine whether the operator of the motor vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the crash. If the evidence does support that the person was in fact under the influence, felony DUI charges could arise.