Last May, our blog discussed how one of the more prominent law enforcement agencies in all of New York City -- the Bronx District Attorney's Office -- was under fire for perhaps providing favorable treatment to a fellow prosecutor who was arrested for DUI.
The incident in question occurred back on August 26, 2010, when officers responding to the scene of a three-car accident on the Major Deegan Expressway came upon Jennifer T., a prosecutor with the Bronx D.A., speaking into a cell phone and walking in traffic.
Prior to being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Jennifer T. allegedly said into the cell phone, "I'll get out of this like I did last time ... I got arrested but didn't go through the system four years ago ... Four years ago this happened and I learned my lesson."
Court records also indicate that she told the police officers, "No foul, no foul. I didn't do anything wrong."
In recent developments, Jennifer T. -- who is no longer with the Bronx D.A. -- finally reached a deal in her DUI case, pleading guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated earlier this month.
According to the terms of the plea bargain agreement with the Manhattan D.A.'s office -- who is handling her case in order to avoid a conflict of interest -- Jennifer T. has to pay a fine of $750, roughly $400 in court fees and participate in a drunk-driving prevention program.
Furthermore, she was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her car and had her driver's license suspended for six months.
"Today I accept responsibility for my actions of Aug. 26, 2010," said Jennifer T. to the Bronx Supreme Court. "It was my distinct honor to serve the people of Bronx County as an assistant district attorney. I am deeply sorry for what I have done and any harm I have caused others."
For now, it does not appear as if the Bronx D.A. is not under any type of investigation for allegedly providing favorable treatment.
Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...
Being arrested for drunk driving can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere suspension or revocation of your license.
When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the parties.
The New York Daily News, "Ex-Bronx prosecutor pleads guilty in drunk-driving case" March 2, 2012
The New York Times, "After arrest, possible favored treatment of Bronx prosecutor was not investigated" April 29, 2011