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Court case highlights harsh DWI penalties in NY by seizing Ferrari

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2017 | Criminal Defense, DWI

New York takes drunk driving seriously. This was recently highlighted in a case that involves a Ferrari sports car and a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction.

What happened in this case? In this case, the driver was arrested for allegedly driving his Ferrari at speeds over 100 miles per hour while under the influence of alcohol. He was also accused of possession of crack cocaine.

According to a report by Reuters, the man pled guilty to the charges. His penalties included a license suspension and the surrender of the title of his vehicle.

If he pled guilty, why did he later fight the seizure of his vehicle? The man argued that the county did not need to seize the vehicle. Instead, he contended that allowing him to post bond would have sufficed.

Ultimately the court disagreed; finding the seizure of the vehicle could be justified for public safety reasons.

How can the court justify taking the man’s vehicle for public safety reasons? It seems like a stretch, but in some cases the county can justify seizure of a vehicle in DWI cases. In this case, the court likely uses the fact that the man had a prior DWI to justify the seizure.

What can those facing DWI charges in New York learn from this case? This case provides an example of the harsh penalties that can come with a DWI conviction in New York. As such, it is important that drivers who are accused of drunk driving take the charges seriously.

Defenses are available. Drivers should reach out to an experienced DWI defense attorney to review their case and advocate for their rights.