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Man has accidents and flees, now faces drunk driving charges


For New Yorkers who are facing drunk driving charges, the penalties are harsh. The charges will often be determined by the circumstances of the arrest. For example, if there is an accident and a hit-and-run, the driver will face worse charges and penalties than if it was a simple drunk driving investigation and arrest. Regardless, those who are dealing with DWI charges must keep their future in mind by preparing a defense with help from an attorney experienced with a wide range of DWI issues.

A man was arrested on numerous DWI-related charges after he was accused of having two crashes and fleeing the scene each time. The accident happened while it was snowing.

According to the charges, the 33-year-old man had an accident in his green Subaru Forester at shortly after 2 p.m. The Forester rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped at a red light. The driver took off. Later that day, a vehicle with a similar description hit a vehicle and fled the scene. The driver was stopped and arrested. He is charged with DWI, aggravated DWI, and felony DWI, among other charges. His blood-alcohol content was reported to have been higher than 0.18.

When a driver is accused of driving under the influence, it can lead to fines, jail time and a driver's license suspension. If these allegations are compounded by accusations that the driver got into car accidents and took off, it will inevitably make matters worse. People who are facing these charges must remember the consequences they will need to deal with if they are convicted. Along with the above-listed potential punishments, it can have a negative influence on the person's personal and professional life and entire future. Even the worst sounding charges should be defended against. Often, there is a chance at a plea bargain, treatment can be given in lieu of a substantially harsh sentence, or an outright acquittal can be achieved.

In this case, a driver is accused of crashing and fleeing the scene of more than one accident. He also faces charges of DWI and felony DWI. While the charges are serious, he should not automatically expect to be convicted. Having legal assistance from an attorney who is experienced in helping people accused of DWI can be the key to the case and is the first call that the driver should make.

Source: Hudson Valley 360, "Police: 1 man, 3 DWIs, 1 day," Richard Moody, Jan. 5, 2018

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