DWI charges in New York for man with revoked driver's license

When drivers are accused of driving while intoxicated, that charge alone is enough to dramatically alter their lives. If it is coupled with other factors, such as a previous conviction or a revoked driver's license, it can be even more problematic. People in that category might face even harsher punishments if convicted. An out-of-state man was recently charged with a DWI here in New York, and authorities say his personal circumstances could mean that he will see repercussions throughout his life.

According to authorities, the man in this case was driving on an interstate very late at night. He was allegedly traveling in the wrong direction, but police did not report any injuries or accidents from the incident. Police arrested the man and charged him with felony DWI, due to a prior conviction. He faces additional charges relating to the absence of an interlock device that might have prevented the car from being started, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license.

Police have not said if they administered any roadside sobriety tests nor have they reported his blood alcohol content. The man has been taken to jail and remains there without bail. He will soon have to appear in court to answer to the accusations and enter a plea for the charges against him.

Even though this man has been convicted of a DWI in the past and has a revoked driver's license, he still has every right to defend himself against these present charges. He, just like any other accused person, is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a New York court of law. He will need to have a thorough understanding of the charges against him and may be able to present evidence to support his position that could result in his charges being lowered or dismissed altogether.

Source: yorktown-somers.patch.com, "Wrong-Way Driver on I-684 was Drunk, Police Say", Lanning Taliaferro, July 12, 2014

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