New York police took a driver into custody after an accident that took place in Harrison on April 7. Troopers were sent to the scene of the crash on Interstate 684 at about 5:30 that morning. An investigation determined that the driver had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. However, there were no details given as to what caused investigators to come to that conclusion.
The man was found to be in possession of 32 grams of cocaine and about 2.3 grams of marijuana. More than $3,500 in cash was also found during the investigation at the scene of the crash. The 30-year-old driver was taken to Westchester County Jail without bail after being arraigned at Rye Brook Court. He faces charges of a misdemeanor count of DWI and a marijuana possession violation. Furthermore, he was charged with a third-degree felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
An individual who is convicted on a felony drug possession charge could face decades in prison in addition to paying a fine. Penalties for a marijuana possession charge could also include a fine in addition. However, an attorney may be able to help an individual avoid some or all the penalties associated with those and other criminal charges.
For instance, it may be possible to ask that evidence be suppressed or otherwise thrown out. It may also be possible to assert that witness testimony should be disregarded by a jury. Finally, an attorney could argue that a person was compelled or otherwise never intended to be in possession of a controlled substance. If successful, an individual may receive a plea deal. This could lead to some or all charges a defendant faces being dropped or reduced.