For the most part, drivers know they can face serious consequences if they are caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Still, it is not uncommon for motorists to have more than one drunk driving conviction on their record. Often, there are more severe penalties for drivers who have more than one drinking and driving offense on their record than for first time offenders.
Recently, a woman in upstate New York was arrested and charged with a second DWI offense about five hours after she was arrested for a first. According to reports, the woman was pulled over in the early morning, at around 1:30 am, and was found to have been once again driving while intoxicated. She had been previously arrested on the same charge at 8:45 pm the night before. Prior to her first arrest, an off-duty law enforcement officer reportedly observed alcohol containers in her car. It was not reported, however, how authorities determined she was intoxicated.
No details were reported regarding the possible consequences the woman may face as a result of her two driving while intoxicated charges. For the first DWI, she may be ordered to pay a fine or have points added on her license. As a result of the second charge, however, she could face a driver’s license suspension or possibly even a jail sentence.
Drinking and driving charges can have serious consequences. If you have been accused of drunk driving, it may be of benefit to obtain legal representation. An experienced attorney will be able to advise you of your options, as well as answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.
Source: Central New York News, “Western New York woman charged with drunk driving twice within five hours”, July 29, 2013