Individuals who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can face serious consequences, and these charges can follow an individual for long periods. There are many ways in which people can be charged with DUI, though the instance of being trapped under their car in their own driveway is not often seen.
That’s what happened in a recent case involving a Rochelle Park man who was found by police authorities after a neighbor called 911. The police arrived on the scene and found a 58 year old man lying on the driveway, his right leg pinned under his Jeep, which he had put into reverse and not turned off before attempting to move an object from behind the car. He had suffered abrasions on his leg after falling beneath the vehicle, which was not in park.
A local Sergeant announced that the driver had been freed from beneath the vehicle with EMS assistance, and smelled of alcohol at the time. He refused medical treatment and was taken into police custody on charges of DUI/DWI after failing field sobriety testing. He was released to a family member that evening; which was relatively soon after the initial 911 report happened shortly before 8pm that evening.
For the defendant in this case and others who have been found guilty of DUI and DWI, the penalties for driving while intoxicated can be severe. For a first offense, with a BAC between .08% and .10%, penalties can include losing your license for three months, hundreds of dollars in fees and possibly up to a month in prison. For BAC over .10%, a driver’s license can be suspended for up to a year, over a thousand dollars in fines, and jail time.
Additional charges for a DWI will be enforced for the cost of towing your vehicle, and fines and other penalties will increase steeply for second and subsequent charges. A second offense can cause the driver to lose their license for two years, need to pay over $1,000 in fines, serve 3 months of prison time and preform one month of community service. For those who have offended three times, they will face up to a ten year loss of license, 6 months in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. Other repercussions can include the installation of an ignition interlock device and spending from between 12-48 hours in an intoxicated drivers’ resource center. A DWI is not a charge that you should consider taking lightly and can result in long term problems for all involved.
If you have been faced with a DUI or DWI charge recently, no matter the circumstances surrounding it, it’s important that you find an attorney who is experienced in the successful representation of similar cases. To learn more about my track record as an extremely accomplished legal defender, call me, David C. Barry, for a free consultation at 732-238-8686 today. You won’t regret giving yourself your best chance at a clean record and minimal penalties.