New York man charged with second DWI in 10 years

The recent Fourth of July holiday was a time for many families to get together and celebrate. As is the case with many celebrations, there are those individuals who likely consumed alcohol as part of the festivities. During the entire weekend, state and local police in New York were on patrol and watching for signs of suspected impaired driving. One man was arrested and charged with a DWI on the holiday after he allegedly crashed his vehicle.

The accident happened late at night on the Fourth. The driver apparently crashed his vehicle after -- as state police allege -- consuming alcohol. He submitted to a breath test, which measured his blood alcohol content to be over the legal limit. Because the man had apparently been convicted of DWI on a prior occasion within the preceding 10 years, the charge was raised to a felony.

The man was sent to the local county jail, and his bail was set at $5,000. There is no word on whether he remains in jail at this time, but he is due to appear before a judge soon. No one else was hurt in the crash.

Those who are charged with DWI may not realize exactly how seriously prosecutors consider these charges, particularly for repeat offenders. Punishments can range from a jail sentence to a fine and other penalties, depending on the exact circumstances of the incident. Still, the New York man in this story has the right to present a complete defense against the accusations leveled at him and -- like anyone in his situation -- he is considered innocent until and unless proven guilty of these charges. Having a full understanding of his case may help in seeking a reduction of the charges or an outright dismissal of the case.

Source: poughkepsiejournal.com, "LaGrange man faces DWI", John Davis, July 11, 2014

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