Country music fans in New York might be interested in learning that Michael Ray was recently charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. The incident reportedly happened in Florida on Dec. 20 around 3 a.m.
According to news sources, Ray was in a drive-thru line at a McDonald’s restaurant when he reportedly rear-ended the vehicle that was in line ahead of him. When law enforcement officers responded, he reportedly told them that his foot had slipped off of the brake pedal and caused his vehicle to collide with the other vehicle.
Officers state that Ray had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. He allegedly admitted that he had just been at a bar. The officers report that he subsequently failed several sobriety tests and was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. Upon taking him into custody, officers reportedly found some cannabis oil in one of his pockets. He was then charged with both offenses and booked into jail at the Lake County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bond.
A drunk driving conviction may leave a defendant facing serious penalties. Even first-time convictions may lead to the loss of driving privileges, potential jail sentences, substantial fines and other penalties. Subsequent offenses may result in harsher penalties. People who are charged with drunk driving might benefit by retaining an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. While some people might think that they should plead guilty as charged, a lawyer might be able to secure a plea offer to a lesser offense or to a reduced sentence. In some cases, the police may have used investigative techniques that are unconstitutional. A lawyer might argue for dismissal of the charges if there was something wrong with the stop, search or seizure.
Source:FOX News, “Country singer Michael Ray arrested for DUI at McDonald’s drive-thru, says report,” Dec. 20, 2017.