When it comes to a traffic violation, most people think of running a red
light or some other minor violation. For one local man, however, a routine
traffic stop turned into a class D felony.
According to a news release, New York State Police stopped a local driver
from East Fishkill, New York on a recent Sunday evening for alleged equipment
and moving violation. However, the police claim that they observed signs
of intoxication during their conversation with the driver. That led to
an arrest for driving while intoxicated. However, since the man had two
previous DWI convictions, he is now facing the felony penalty scheme designated
for repeat DWI offenders. Police also issued him uniform traffic tickets.
As this post illustrates, even a simple traffic citation can have a detrimental
effect where prior traffic or driving offenses are involved. To avoid
the serious consequences for repeat offenses, it is essential to consult
with an experienced traffic ticket and criminal defense lawyer.
An attorney can review the traffic ticket and work to prepare a strong
defense. Depending on a defendant’s prior criminal record, some
options to explore may include getting charges reduced, avoiding jail
time and/or license suspension, and working to avoid the collateral consequence
of raised insurance rates.
An attorney that has defended against both traffic violation and DWI charges
will be a particular asset in handling felony charges. No matter how serious
the charges may be, a defense attorney will keep working to obtain the
best possible outcome for an accused.
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, “
3rd DWI charge for East Fishkill man,” Nina Schutzman, June 24, 2014