According to the Daily Voice, police arrested a 27-year-old man at his home in Yonkers after he allegedly fled the scene of an accident. Detectives claim the crash occurred at around 5 p.m. in the eastbound lane of the service road leading to I-287.
When police arrived at the scene, they found an Acura RSX, which they determined had veered off the road and crashed into a utility pole and a Westchester County bus stop before coming to a halt. Because of the damage to the utility pole, a nearby traffic signal had no power.
Officers believe the driver fled the scene, and they later found him at his home at around 8 p.m. When police found the suspect, they administered a breathalyzer test to measure his blood alcohol concentration. The device measured his BAC at 0.26, which is more than three times the legal limit in the state of New York.
Police charged the man with DWI, aggravated DWI, speeding, and leaving the scene of an accident. They released him on his own recognizance, and he is due to appear in court in January of next year.
If you are facing DWI charges in New York and you’re not sure how to proceed, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. The penalties for a conviction could compromise your personal and financial interests, which is why Mr. DeUrso will do everything in his power to help you fight the charges. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a case evaluation with a criminal defense lawyer Westchester County.
What Is Aggravated DWI?
When it comes to criminal law, there are both absolutes and discrepancies. For example, drinking and driving is illegal, and individuals who drive while impaired are committing a traffic violation, regardless of their BAC; however, some alcohol-related violations are worse than others.
These discrepancies should matter to those who are facing charges because more serious violations carry more severe penalties. Aggravated DWI is just one example of a serious alcohol-related driving violation, and there is more at stake for those who have been accused of aggravated DWI than for those who are simply facing DWI charges.
If you are facing charges for aggravated DWI, it means your case involves certain “aggravating” factors. These include:
- Having a BAC of 0.18 or higher; or
- Driving while intoxicated with at least one child younger than 15 in the vehicle.
Individuals who had an especially high BAC face misdemeanor charges; however, when the aggravating factor involves an underage passenger, the defendant faces charges for a Class E felony. You may also face felony charges for aggravated DWI if you were convicted of an alcohol-related offense within the past 10 years.
If you are facing DWI charges in New York, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law to discuss exactly what may be at stake. Regardless of whether your charges are for a misdemeanor or a felony, a conviction could have serious negative repercussions on all aspects of your life.
Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation with a DUI attorney in Westchester County. You can learn more about fighting DUI charges in New York by visiting usattorneys.com/dui-lawyers/new-york.