Many criminal allegations are not limited to one act, but several. If a person is accused of committing several illegal acts at once, it can lead to exponential long-term consequences. For example, a driver who is stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence could have items or substances in the vehicle that he or she is not legally allowed to have and this can spark other charges. With any arrest, it is imperative to craft a strong criminal defense, but it is even more important when there are several charges lodged against the defendant.
A man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he was stopped by law enforcement. The incident occurred at around 2 a.m. The man is alleged to have been speeding when he was pulled over. As the officer investigated, the driver was found to be under the influence. He was also in possession of a loaded handgun. As the man’s record was examined, it was found that he was convicted of DWI previously and within the previous 10 years. That makes this latest charge a felony. He now faces three felonies – one for DWI and two related to the loaded gun with a large capacity magazine. He was also charged for speeding.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are placed under arrest for multiple charges is think that they have no chance of achieving a successful outcome. Although felony charges are serious, there are often ways to formulate a strong defense. It does not necessarily have to be an acquittal as the result of the trial, but there might be a chance for a plea bargain. If, however, the traffic stop was not done according to the law or the officer did not follow protocol in the investigation, the evidence could be tainted. Regardless, a strong defense is crucial.
In this case, a man was placed under arrest after he was stopped in his vehicle for speeding. He ended up with three felony charges for DWI and having a loaded gun. With a situation this serious, he must make certain to have legal assistance from the start with help from an experienced criminal lawyer.
Source: Hudson Valley News Network, “Poughkeepsie Man Possessed Loaded Handgun while Driving Drunk,” Kathy Welsh, Nov. 20, 2017