The potential consequences of a DWI conviction in New York are serious. In addition to license suspension and heavy fines, the individual may face a possible jail sentence. And if the individual’s insurance company finds out about the conviction, it could result in a significant rate hike.
A 58-year-old woman from East Rockaway, Long Island is facing these possibilities after she was arrested for DWI and other offenses recently in Nassau County. The woman was stopped after allegedly driving the wrong way on Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway. According to the Highway Patrol Bureau, a number of people called 911 to report a vehicle going south in the northbound lanes of the expressway. Officers were able to stop the vehicle after a head-on confrontation. Officers claim the woman was intoxicated, and placed her under arrest.
The woman faces multiple charges including aggravated DWI, reckless endangerment and wrong way driving on a one-way road. These are serious charges. But every individual charged with a crime has rights. These include the right to an attorney and the right to confront and cross-examine her accusers.
In an aggravated DWI case, it is critical to have experienced defense counsel. An aggressive defense lawyer will review the arrest record and all the state’s evidence, including the results of field sobriety tests and blood alcohol tests. Any weaknesses or inconsistencies can give rise to reasonable doubt as to guilt, and may ultimately result in a dismissal or acquittal. Even in cases where there is strong evidence for the prosecution, it is often possible to negotiate a plea agreement and obtain a reduction of the charges or the sentence.
Source: Long Island Exchange, “East Rockaway Woman Arrested for Wrong-Way Driving, DUI,” Dec. 5, 2014