Soon to retire college athletic director facing New York DWI

When one is charged with a DWI, it can be potentially life-changing. It can have a negative impact on one's private life, as well as in a professional capacity. A college employee on the verge of retirement was recently charged with a DWI here in New York. Though he was no longer going to be officially working, this incident could leave a scar on an otherwise illustrious career.

The athletic director for Manhattan College had attended an event at the school that awarded top student athletes. He was given an award also, meant to symbolize his commitment to the school and to honor the positive example he set for students. Early the next day, he was pulled over by a police officer who said the man was driving suspiciously. The officer reported that he could smell alcohol on the director.

The man was planning on retiring in about a month but is now facing a DWI charge. There is no word on whether this arrest will have any immediate effect on his employment or retirement. The charges leveled against him are serious and will have to be handled carefully.

This man -- and others who are in a similar situation -- still has every right to have his day in court. Charges like this have the potential to result in severe punishment, including a fine or jail time -- but only if a conviction is ultimately secured by government prosecutors. Here in New York, the man will want to protect his legal rights during the entire judicial process. A DWI is certainly serious, but it does not have to be the end to an otherwise glowing story.

Source: New York Post, "Manhattan College athletic director charged with DWI", Howie Kussoy, May 12, 2014

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