According to a recent report, 77 people were arrested in Dutchess County
between Dec. 13 and Jan. 1 for a variety of traffic violations and other
accusations. This was part of a crackdown on impaired driving by agencies
across the county.
Police say that many people were arrested for impaired driving, some of
them facing felonies. However, during the course of their investigations
and traffic stops, police charged some with other non-traffic violations.
Police often target people during the holiday season and increase patrols
to watch for suspected impaired drivers.
Being pulled over for police can be a humiliating situation. However, when
someone is arrested, they might face serious criminal charges and have
their name listed in a local newspaper or as part of a TV news story.
Even if a person is innocent, this can be especially embarrassing and
cause problems for a person in their personal and professional life.
In addition to any reputation damage that an arrest can cause, traffic
violations can result in a loss of driving privileges in New York. Depending
on the type of charges a person faces, they might have to pay fines and
be unable to drive for a period of time.
When people find themselves facing criminal charges, they might feel outnumbered
by authority figures, and intimidated by police. An attorney who understands
traffic violations in New York can help represent a person in court and
fight the charges they face. They can work to ensure no rights of the
accused are violated and work to clear their name of wrongdoing.
Source: Daily Freeman, "
Dutchess County police agencies charge 77 people in crackdown on impaired driving," Jan. 8, 2013