According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a 50-year-old woman who was applying for a driving job is facing a DWI charge after a sobriety test revealed her to be severely impaired. The incident reportedly happened on Dec. 17 in Fort Edward.
The driving job was related to a social service agency that delivers meals via vehicular transportation. Workers at the agency purportedly asked the 50-year-old woman to leave the agency on that Dec. 17, as they believed she was intoxicated. The smell of alcohol was evident on the woman’s breath, allegedly. Staff members said they called the police after the woman left the social service’s office on foot.
Approximately 15 minutes later, the woman returned to the office’s parking lot, law enforcement officials reported. She subsequently stepped into her truck and attempted to drive away but was stopped by law enforcement authorities. A chemical sobriety test revealed that her blood alcohol content was approximately three times the legal limit of .08 percent, officials claim.
Drunk driving laws in New York have increasingly tightened over the course of the past 30 years. Consequently, the penalties that accused drivers may potentially face if convicted have become more severe. Offenders often receive sentences that include incarceration, probation, costly fines and required attendance in alcohol-related classes or programs, only to face secondary, societal ramifications after completing their legal sentence. However, not every drunk-driving case ends in conviction, and the chances of successfully contesting a DWI case increase appreciably when accused individuals are represented by a defense attorney who has handled DWI cases before. For, the abilities and insight forged by experience can be very effective in achieving good outcomes for accused individuals.
Source: WHAM, “Woman seeking driving job charged with DWI”, December 20, 2014