Challenging situations can leave drivers in New York facing a multitude of criminal charges all too easily. Whether related to speeding, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated or more, New York law enforcement officials are on the lookout for potential problems at all times. The nature of the charges and penalties that a person may face can vary greatly. For people arrested and charged with a DUI, for example, the existence of any prior convictions can affect a current situation.
A man from White Plains was recently arrested in New York’s Upper West Side on a Sunday afternoon and charged with a felony DUI, driving with a suspended license and five separate counts of bribery. His bail was set at $10,000 and he was released the day after his arrest. He was found by police sitting in his vehicle with the engine running. Tests revealed his blood alcohol content to be 0.29 percent. He allegedly admitted to the officers that he had been drinking while driving and had also used cocaine prior to driving.
A news articles indicated that the man attempted to bribe police in order to avoid being arrested. It is reported that he offered police up to $50,000 as well as some jewelry in exchange for not being taken to jail. An article said that the driver admitted drinking a lot of tequila. Two wine bottles and an open bottle of rum were reported to have been found in his front seat.
While this type of situation can be serious indeed, people facing these charges can still get help with their defenses. Anyone arrested for a DUI, DWI or DWAI could talk to an attorney for help.
Source: New York Post, “Drunken driver tries $50K bribe to go free: cops,” Matt McNulty and Josh Saul, February 22, 2014