During the holiday season, most law enforcement agencies increase their watch for alcohol-impacted drivers. New York and New Jersey drivers are not immune to this potential stronger enforcement of DUI laws. Loss of driving privileges, high fines, jail time, points, insurance surcharges and more can all result from a drunk driving conviction. It is a time of year when reminders about the penalties for such convictions can be important, as well as the need for and availability of a good defense.
One New York man was the subject of a recent media article is no doubt getting such a reminder on his own. The 64-year old man is facing multiple vehicular charges, including driving under the influence. The man was stopped by police on a Friday night in mid-December while driving in New Jersey. In addition to the DUI charges he was cited for careless driving and also for failing to maintain his own lane while driving.
The police officer signaled to the man that he stop his 2013 Lincoln MKX after allegedly being seen driving recklessly. Once stopped, the officer suspected intoxication and arrested him for that. The defendant is currently out of jail and expecting a court date. The article did not indicate when that date will be or if the man posted bail.
A drunk driving charge can be hard to fight at times, making a private attorney one way that people facing such a charge might get help. If you have been arrested with a DUI, you may consider talking to a lawyer about your situation.
Source: NJ.com, “New York resident charged with driving under the influence,” Edgar Sandoval and Bill Hutchinson, December 16, 2013