According to local authorities in Duchess County, New York, 15 drivers
were arrested over St. Patrick’s Day week.
All of the arrests involved impaired driving charges. However, there was
variety within those arrests. For example, only four were felonies. Some
of those arrested also face traffic violation charges, such as one 50-year
old woman from Ellenville who was charged with unlicensed operation of
a vehicle, in addition to aggravated and felony DWI.
The drunk driving arrests were made in conjunction with a local initiative
targeting driving while intoxicated offenders. Called Duchess County STOP-DWI,
the program consists of extra road patrols funded by a New York state grant.
An attorney that specializes in criminal law and
traffic violations knows the importance of consulting with an attorney about a traffic citation
or offense, even if minor. Although it may be tempting to resolve the
matter by simply signing the back of a ticket, an attorney may have insights
about police procedures or other possible areas of defense. Taking the
time to build a strong defense could pay off, especially if it enables
a criminal defendant to avoid license sanctions.
Admittedly, a DWI charge can implicate much more serious penalties than
mere parking or speeding tickets. However, an attorney that handles the
full spectrum of criminal and traffic citation defense will know the burden
of proof that applies in each instance, as well as the evidence prosecutors
will need to make their case. An attorney may have experience in getting
traffic offenses reduced or even dismissed.
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, “Sheriff's: 15 accused of impaired driving over St. Patrick's Day weekend,” March 20, 2014