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    Police Officer Arrested and Charged with DWI in Queens, New York

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    An off duty police officer was arrested and charged with a DWI after crashing into several parked cars.

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    Recently, a police officer with nearly 20 years of experience working for the Internal Affairs Bureau found herself on the other side of the law when she was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

    The arrest occurred at around 12:30 a.m. in Queens, NY after the off duty officer was involved in a car accident. The vehicle she was driving crashed into several other parked cars, causing extensive damage. Thankfully, no one was injured. She stayed on the scene and when on duty officers arrived, she was asked to take a breathalyzer test which she refused. They then arrested her for allegedly being intoxicated behind the wheel.

    In New York, thousands of people are arrested for driving while under the influence each year and the accused often have no idea what their rights are or where they can turn to for help, but they, like anyone else charged with a crime, are entitled to help from a defense attorney. An attorney can review the case and determine if their client had their rights read to them, if any testing completed was done appropriately, if the police had probable cause to pull their client over, and a number of other decisions which could provide their client with a strong defense. With a strong defense, charges may be completely dismissed or the sentencing may be greatly reduced.

    Defense attorney Frank Acocella stated, “Most people who have been charged with a DWI have never had anything other than a basic traffic violation in the past and are suddenly faced with fighting a DWI in court. Doing that without the help of an attorney can mean they will face the maximum penalties.”

    Depending on the case, the penalties for driving drunk in New York can include $300 - $10,000 in fines, 15 days - 7 years in jail, and a suspended or revoked license.

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