Man Stopped for Violating Seatbelt Law gets Charged for Violating DWI Laws

Sometimes it is all in the details. When law enforcement officers notice that a driver is not wearing a seatbelt, is on a cellular phone, or has a broken tail light, he or she may also suspect that the driver is violating DWI laws during the initial stop. Such was the case this week in Freedom, New York. WIVB.com reports that Jonathan Vanderploeg, of Bliss, New York, was pulled over by law enforcement officers early this week for not wearing his seat belt. During the stop, police officers realized that Mr. Vanderploeg was operating the vehicle unlicensed and also believed that he was intoxicated. A blood alcohol test revealed that Mr. Vanderploeg had a BAC of .10%. Mr. Vanderploeg now faces DWI charges in the Freedom Court.

Last month, a man in Lancaster, New York, met a similar fate as Mr. Vanderploeg when he was stopped by an officer for driving with broken tail lights, failing to stay in his lane, and not signaling properly. WIVB.com reports that Hans Benonisen allegedly appeared to law enforcement officers to be intoxicated when they stopped him for the other violations, and he refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. Mr. Benonisen was arrested and charged with violating DWI laws, among several other traffic violations.

The attorneys at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys are prepared for cases in which seemingly small traffic violations turn into DWI charges. In People v. C.G., an Nave DWI Defense Attorneys client was stopped due to insufficient tail lights and for failing to keep right. During the stop, he failed five field sobriety tests and told officers that he had been drinking prior to operating the vehicle. The client’s BAC was allegedly determined to have been .12% at the time of the incident. To make matters worse, the client had three prior DWI and DWAI convictions. The client was charged with two felony counts of DWI, due to the facts of the case. Nave DWI Defense Attorneys defended the client vigorously, rejecting an initial offer from the District Attorney’s office to lower the felony charge to an “E” class felony, and lowering jail time and fines. Instead, Nave DWI Defense Attorneys attorneys moved to dismiss the case for technical deficiencies that they found in the case and the handling of evidence, and the motion was granted. Ultimately, all charges against the Nave DWI Defense Attorneys client were dismissed and he was able to avoid another DWI conviction.

If you have been stopped, arrested and charged with violating DWI laws, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced DWI attorney for assistance with your case. Your best defense against a DWI conviction is to have an attorney on your side that is experienced in DWI law. Call an attorney at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys today for a confidential consultation at 877-435-7394.

The exclusive purpose of this article is educational and it is not intended as either legal advice or a general solution to any specific legal problem. Corporate offices for Nave DWI Defense Attorneys are located at 269 W. Jefferson St.; Syracuse, New York 13202; Telephone No.: (315) 473-0899. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Attorney Advertising.

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