Drivers in New York that receive traffic tickets or that are arrested for various traffic violations can find themselves subject to a wide range of penalties. Points on driving records, fines, reinstatement fees and even jail time can be faced depending upon the offense. A conviction for driving while intoxicated can include all of the above and more. However, it is important for defendants to know that options do exist to reduce the ultimate penalties even if they are convicted.
The highly public DUI case of actress Lindsay Lohan’s mother, Dina Lohan, provides a current example of this in action. The mother was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the fall of 2013. She was initially stopped by officers for speeding on the Northern State Parkway but subsequently had the charge of drunk driving added to the mix.
The original penalty for Lohan’s speeding charges would have added nine points onto her New York driver’s license. However, that was reduced to only three points because she asserted that an attempt to avoid persistent reporters was the reason for her high speed. She was clocked going 77 miles per hour in a zone designated for 55 miles per hour. For her drunk driving charge, she entered a guilty plea to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated. For that, she will avoid time in jail and must perform 100 community service hours. She will also be required to use an ignition interlock device.
The Lohan case illustrates the importance of the defense process for people charged with DUI, DWAI or related offenses. If you have been cited and need help, you could consult with an attorney for details.
Source: New York Daily News, “Dina Lohan gets 100 hours of community service but avoids jail in DUI sentence,” Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz and Lachlan Cartwright, April 16, 2014