Man accused of driving while intoxicated in New York

Alcohol consumption is well known for its ability to lower a person's inhibitions. Sometimes, those inhibitions are lowered to the point that a driver feels somewhat invincible. However, if he or she feels invincible enough to drive in heavy traffic, the results could be deadly and the driver could face serious legal consequences. Thankfully though, in the United States, an accusation does not equate to guilt. Even when a New Yorker is accused of driving while intoxicated, he or she remains innocent unless prosecutors can prove his or her guilt in a court of law.

In a recent similar situation, a 39-year-old man who was purportedly intoxicated allegedly hit and killed a 67-year-old man while driving a car. The accident occurred when the car hit the man from behind. The 67-year-old man was transported to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The younger man was arrested and now faces charges of driving while intoxicated. Media reports did not provide details about the man's arrest nor did police officers explain how they measured his level of intoxication. However, it is safe to say his blood alcohol content was in excess of .08. In New York City, a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is required for someone to be formally charged with drunk driving.

Despite the limited details available about this case, it is highly likely that the 39-year-old man involved in the accident will require a strong legal defense as he faces a charge of driving while intoxicated - along with possible others. Depending upon the details of his arrest it is possible the accused person will choose to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors. Regardless, those who have been accused of drinking and driving in New York certainly have the right to seek the best defense possible.

Source: The New York Times, Staten Island Man Struck and Killed by Car; Driver Charged with Drunk Driving, Ashley Southall, Jan. 27, 2014

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