Facing a DUI Arrest in NYC or NY?
A Basic Overview of DUI/DWI Defense in New York
Interviewer: How many cases did you work with as far as DUI goes?
Lisa Pelosi: I’ve probably done 50 DWI and DUI cases. When I worked as a prosecutor, I dealt with hundreds of them and over my career I’ve probably done hundreds of DWI and DUI cases both results in them by getting them dismissed or having them reduced to lesser charges or going to hearing and trial.
There is a Legal Percentage of the Quantity of Alcohol Consumed Before a Person can be Considered Intoxicated or Under the Influence?
In New York State and in most states, there’s a legal percentage of how much alcohol one can drink before you can be considered intoxicated or under the influence. A smaller number or a lower number is when someone is impaired. If someone is impaired, for example, you are in the situation where you can receive a violation and you would not be charged with the crime which you would be charged with the crimes who was driving under the influence or also known as the driving while intoxicated.
There is No Typical DWI Defendant. A Drunk Driver cannot be profiled
Interviewer: Is there a typical DWI defendant?
Lisa Pelosi: No, there’s no typical DWI defendant. It runs through every socio-economical sphere. You have people who have serious alcohol problems who’ve had numerous drunk driving arrests down to someone who’s never even really drank too much and just goes to a party and makes a mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car. There’s no profile for really a drunk driver.
There is No Significant Gender Disparity in DWI Arrests Interviewer: Between males and females, are there any patterns that differ between them, between men and women?
Lisa Pelosi: There appears to be a lot of arrests on the weekend for drunken driving, people going to parties, holiday season, it’s a generalization, but normally if you have a heterosexual couple, usually it’s the male who’s driving and so I would imagine that there would be more men who are arrested for drunk driving.
The Number of DWI Arrests Increases Significantly During Holiday Season
They also have a lot of checkpoints now because drunk driving has been such a dealt with issue over the last decade. Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and so on and so forth. It’s an issue that the government in municipalities and the city and state take very seriously, so there’s a lot of checkpoints especially around holiday times. More I would say drunk driving arrest occur in the evening or night time or late night. Night time after parties when bar is closed so on and so forth.
Public Knowledge of DWI Charges in New York
Interviewer: How public is it going to be when someone is arrested and charged? Do your family, work and friends find out or is it something somebody kept quiet?
Lisa Pelosi: When someone is arrested for drunk driving, there’s a certain level of shame that goes with it because it’s an irresponsible thing that could have been avoided and especially parents with children. It’s not something that you would want your children to find out or your family to find out. It also can interfere with your job. You have to report it to your job and it could definitely interfere with work especially if you work in which driving is something that you do for work. A lot of times the newspapers publish people who are arrested for drunk driving in smaller locations.