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David Cassidy gets reduced drunk driving charges in New York

Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have had alcoholic beverages is something that usually shouldn't be done. There are some instances in which you might decide that you aren't impaired enough to prevent you from driving after drinking. For David Cassidy, making the decision to drive after he had been drinking landed him in some trouble with the law. That trouble, however, isn't as bad now as what it could have been.

In August, the actor was in New York for a Saratoga Springs horse racing meet. He was pulled over in Schodack and charged with drunk driving. Because he had a driving under the influence conviction from 2011 in his home state, he was charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

The 63-year-old actor, who was arrested in January for a DWI in Los Angeles, is currently in alcohol rehabilitation. According to an attorney, the man's felony charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor. It has been handed back over to a town court. His attorney planned to ask the judge for an adjournment to give time for the details of a plea deal to be completed.

For the "Partridge Family" star, having his charges reduced was likely a large weight off of his shoulders. Felony DWI charges carry potential consequences that might have affected his life much more than those that may be imposed if he is convicted of a misdemeanor. As the details of his plea deal are worked out, it is important for him to understand exactly what may be required of him. Those facing similar charges may benefit from the advice of a criminal defense attorney who can protect their rights while the case moves through the criminal court.

Source: StarTribune, "NY drunken-driving case against former 'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy nears resolution" No author given, Mar. 04, 2014

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