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DUI charge for New York MLB hopeful, despite being under limit

Regardless of whether you are in New York City, or another U.S. city, there are gauges and tests that are regularly used by law enforcement to determine sobriety. Authorities also rely largely on their own observations when assessing sobriety. Sometimes tests may show a person to be within the legal limit, but their behavior may indicate more serious impairment.

This exact situation recently occurred involving an outfielder from the New York Yankees’ farm system. The 21-year-old outfielder was reportedly within the legal blood alcohol content limit when he was arrested for drunk driving. According to reports, he was under the .08 legal limit with two separate readings. Authorities reported showing his level at .062 and .067. He was unable to pass more than one field sobriety test, however. It is unknown to the public at this time if he will face any additional charges. He was allegedly initially pulled over for speeding, as well as erratic driving.

If he is found guilty of driving while intoxicated, he could face a range of punishments, from minimal to severe. Consequences vary by state, but typically include fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, and even jail sentences. Often the consequence depends on factors such as level of intoxication and driving history.

The man in this case, and anyone facing DUI charges, may find it of benefit to find legal representation. An attorney who is familiar with traffic law in your area can help you to defend yourself against criminal traffic charges, as well as look out for your interests and address any concerns you may have as you go through the process.

Source: The Morning Call, “Yankees’ top prospect charged with DUI”, April 25, 2013

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