Suffolk County Police are trained to spot even the smallest signs that a driver may be intoxicated behind the wheel. Whether they notice a slight misstep like an incomplete stop at a stop sign or more obvious signs like swerving across road lines, police will not hesitate to pull a driver over. When they do, a driver could end up facing serious charges. This is exactly what happened to one man from Medford last week.
The 62-year-old was driving down the Long Island Expressway when he was stopped by police for drunk driving. The Suffolk County Highway Patrol spotted him because he was driving west in the expressway's eastbound lanes.
The man is now facing charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and reckless driving. While these charges can certainly carry serious and life-changing penalties, it is important for anyone who finds him or herself in such a situation to know that there are still options.
Being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted, and in this country, everyone has the right to defend themselves against charges that have been leveled against them. Understanding how best to approach charges is very important and depends greatly on the specific details of a case.
Whether a person chooses to challenge the evidence police and prosecutors are presenting or try to work out a way to reduce the penalties he or she could end up facing, there are multiples strategies for seeking the best possible resolution to drunk driving charges.
Source: news LI, "Medford Man Arrested for Drunk Driving; Traveling Wrong Way on Long Island Expressway," Dana Klosner, Oct. 10, 2013