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New York teen facing vehicular assault charge after drunk crash

Posted August 7, 2014

The weekend of July 27 saw many accidents in New York. Many of these accidents left those that were involved with serious injuries that turned out to be fatal. One accident in particular not only left three young men with injuries but also resulted in the driver facing a vehicular assault charge.

This particular accident is alleged to have occurred at approximately 3:00 in the morning. The driver, a 19-year-old male, was said to be traveling with two other individuals in his vehicle. Both passengers were 21 years of age. According to a report, as the nineteen-year-old attempted to take a corner, he lost control of the vehicle.

Accident reports state that the vehicle was thrown over a curb, which caused it to flip end over end. The vehicle ultimately stopped standing up on its front grill and leaning against a tree. All three men were trapped inside. When rescuers responded to the scene of the accident they had to cut the vehicle in order to free the men from the inside.

According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the accident. They allegedly discovered bottles of three different types of liquor inside the vehicle. The driver was charged with vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.

A conviction related to impaired driving can have serious consequences. However, not all allegations are facts – some accidents are purely that, but some drivers may end up facing charges that can have serious implications on their lives.

However, there is a way to minimize the negative impact that such an event can have on the life of the alleged drunk driver. An experienced defense team will be able to develop a plan to attempt to mitigate these consequences. A charge for DWI can mean a criminal record and the loss of a driver’s license. However, among other possibilities, a defense lawyer can attempt to get the alleged drunk driver enrolled in AA and also potentially obtain a conditional license or hardship license so the defendant can travel to and from work and maintain their source of income.

Source: New York Post, “Horrific crash injures 3 in NYC,” Kristan Conley and Daniel Prendergast, July 27, 2014

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