When you have a stressful job, you probably try to relax when you get off work. For some people, the way they choose to relax is by drinking alcoholic beverages. For one New York City firefighter, the alleged decision to drink and drive while he was off duty has landed him in some serious trouble.
It is alleged that the 39-year-old man hit two women as they crossed the street. The firefighter, who had a prior DWI conviction in 2010, stayed at the scene of the accident. He now faces charges for driving while intoxicated and for refusing to take a breath test. The judge set a $200,000 bail for the 10-year-veteran firefighter despite an argument for a lower bail. He also ordered a driver's license suspension for the firefighter. He has also been suspended without pay for 30 days.
One of the women allegedly struck by the man was eight months pregnant at the time of the accident. She walking with her 39-year-old friend after going to a doctor's appointment when she was struck. The 42-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains. Her daughter was delivered prematurely.
This firefighter is now facing serious consequences for the charges that have been placed against him. It is important that he understand the charges and the full scope of the consequences he faces. Seeking the advice of a New York criminal defense attorney might help him get answers to questions. It may also help him to determine how to best defend himself against the charges.
Source: NBC New York, "Firefighter Who Hit Pregnant Woman, Friend in Bronx Charged With DWI: NYPD" Marc Santia, Associated Press, Mar. 07, 2014