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Former fire chief arrested on DWI charges


When law enforcement in the Hudson Valley is patrolling the roads, it does not discriminate when it investigates drivers who are believed to be operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Regardless of their position in the community and the job they do, if there is evidence that they were under the influence behind the wheel, they will be arrested. On the other side of the coin, those who are arrested - no matter their occupation - must bear in mind the importance of a legal defense to seek a reduction of charges, an acquittal or a dismissal. Legal assistance is crucial toward this end.

A man who works as a village official was arrested on drunk driving charges. The man crashed his vehicle and when law enforcement arrived at the scene, they found the smashed vehicle and were unable to discern what it had hit. The driver had previously been the fire chief of the village. When he was taken to the police station, he was asked to take a breath test and refused. The man was working the day after the arrest. His driver's license has been suspended.

Anyone who is arrested for drunk driving and refuses to take a breath test can face a variety of negative implications if they are convicted. Not only can there be jail time and fines, but there can be a loss of driving privileges, the need for an ignition interlock device to be installed on the person's vehicle, higher insurance costs, and harm to their professional lives. There are many avenues to lodge a defense against DWI charges and all must be explored. A law firm that has a history of helping a wide variety of cases is imperative.

DWI charges should be taken seriously because a conviction can significantly harm a person. Calling for legal help is a must and a lawyer who understands all aspects of DWI defense is essential.

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