Practicing What You Preach: Further Proof No One is Immune to DWI

As Rochester DWI defense attorneys, we often face public scrutiny for what we do. Of course, our critics know that all accused parties deserve a defense in court, but they also find it somewhat curious that DWI defense is a chosen practice area. We can understand their criticism, and our stance is simple: everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance in the aftermath of those mistakes, including DWI offenders. No one is immune to DWI. Even the most outspoken critics of drunk driving may find themselves in this boat, as illustrated by a recent news story.

An vocal proponent for tough DWI laws, often giving victim impact statements alongside her mother in the aftermath of her brother’s 2006 death, Chelsea Breen was arrested and charged with DWI, texting while driving, and possession of marijuana earlier this week. The 22-year-old’s brother, Anson Breen, was killed at the age of 20 in 2006 while riding in a car driven by a friend who crashed into a tree. The friend, Thomas Lafore, was charged with manslaughter and is serving 2 ⅓ to 7 years in prison. In the aftermath of that accident, Chelsea and her mother became advocates against drunk driving, yet Chelsea’s situation proves that advocating does not always lead to practicing what you preach, and her mistake now has her in some serious hot water in a New York courtroom.

Ms. Breen crashed her own automobile into a tree earlier this week and was found with a BAC of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit in the state of New York. No one but Chelsea, and perhaps her attorney, truly knows what motivated her to get into her vehicle and drive after becoming so overwhelmingly intoxicated. Alcohol does lower inhibitions and the ability to make sound judgments, and while this is no excuse, especially given her intimate knowledge of the impact of drunk driving, it is safe to say Chelsea Breen made a terrible mistake. With New York’s stricter DWI crackdowns, this is a mistake Ms. Breen will not likely forget.

Rochester DWI Attorneys
Drinking and driving never pays. However, everyone makes mistakes, and when alcohol is involved, so often are poor decisions. If you’ve been charged with a DWI in Rochester, don’t let your lapse in judgment ruin your life. Hire an experienced Rochester DWI attorney to walk you through your case and defend you in a court of law. Call Nave DWI Defense Attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation at 585-797-6492.

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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