Because criminal law is inherently complicated and the judicial system can be unpredictable, people who are facing charges should always take them seriously. Even if you were the victim of a false arrest or you are certain the prosecutor does not have any substantial evidence against you, hurdles that threaten your very freedom can arise at every step of the proceedings.
Nothing ruins a night out with friends faster than a traffic stop that results in drunk driving charges. According to WIRED, fatal drunk driving collisions are on the rise. As a result, law enforcement personnel are more vigilant than ever when it comes to identifying and charging impaired motorists.
Law enforcement personnel in the state of New York take impaired driving seriously, and those who face DWI charges are up against severe penalties. For example, a license suspension for a first-time offender can vary from 90 days for someone who has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol to 18 months for a commercial driver who refused to take a chemical test.
Routine traffic stops should always be just that—routine—but sometimes motorists say or do something that ends up escalating the situation, resulting in an arrest. Even if you did not commit an egregious crime, the criminal justice system is unpredictable, and an arrest following a traffic stop is never good.
The Journal News reports that a police officer in New York is currently facing felony DWI charges after he allegedly drove drunk with a child in the vehicle while off duty. Police arrested the 46-year-old cop after receiving several calls about an erratic motorist on Route 17.