Facing drunk driving charges is something that no driver ever wants to have to face. For some people who are involved in jobs that keep them in the public’s eye, charges like that can be devastating. A recent drunk driving case has come to light that shows how important it is to have experienced representation.
The case involves a Harlem assemblyman’s staffer. The 35-year-old woman was stopped over the summer when she was seen driving in an erratic manner. When she was stopped, she mentioned her boss’ name and refused to get out of her vehicle. She also threatened to get the officers into trouble by calling in the New York Police Department’s brass.
In a plea deal offered to the woman, the drunk driving charge for the incident would be dropped. She wouldn’t have a criminal record but would have to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, driving while impaired infraction. She would be responsible for paying a $300 fine, complete three days of community service, and go through a drinking and driving program. She would also have a 90-day license suspension. Her attorney was granted an adjournment until Jan. 6 to discuss the deal with his client.
It is important to note that the woman’s charges weren’t dropped when her boss, the assemblyman, wrote a letter to the criminal court judge. Instead, she has been offered a plea deal. She and her attorney have to decide if the consequences of the plea deal are something the woman can live with.
Anyone who is facing drunk driving charges might be able to benefit from a plea deal. It is important to fully understand any deals offered and discuss how they might affect you. Working with an experienced attorney is one way to ensure you have all the bases covered.
Source: New York Post, “Assemblyman’s staffer is offered drunk-driving plea deal” Rebecca Rosenberg, Dec. 02, 2014