InfoAugust 3, 2017 · Legal
Teenage Driver Arrested For Driving While Under The Influence In Long Island
A 16-year-old was charged with driving under the influence after he caused a multi-car accident on Long Island, New York.Press Release VideoLoading the player...Details(prREACH)
In February of 2017, a 16-year-old boy became one of the thousands who have been charged with driving while under the influence.
The teen, in this case, was driving a 2004 GMC in Bohemia, Long Island, at around 12:30 a.m. when a police officer attempted to pull him over. Instead of stopping, the teen fled and the officer pursued him.
Shortly after the chase began, the teen struck a Ford Fusion being driven by a 26-year-old and flipped his own vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital and listed in critical condition due to the serious injuries he sustained. The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The police charged him with driving while intoxicated and have reported that additional charges are pending. Once he is released from the hospital he will have to appear in court.
Just because he’s been charged with a DWI doesn’t mean that he will face the maximum penalties. In New York, drivers can face $300 - $10,000 in fines, 15 days - 7 years in prison, and a suspended or revoked license if found guilty of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But with the help of a defense attorney, the charges may be dismissed or the penalties reduced.
Defense attorneys review the case in its entirety and determine if the driver was read their rights, if the reason the police initiated the traffic stop had merit, and if any blood, urine, or breath tests were performed correctly.
“This teenager, just like any other driver, has the right to seek the assistance of an attorney” stated Frank Acocella of Acocella Law Group, whose legal team focuses on helping drivers charged with a DWI throughout New York. “While many people don’t like this fact, anyone facing criminal charges has the right to defend themselves.”LinksContact
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