Sometimes alcohol can cause problems far beyond a drunk driving arrest.
In the case of James D. Power of Memphis, New York, a very bad night began with a phone call to police, in which a woman reported that Power had prevented her from leaving the home and physically harassed her.
By the time police arrived, Power had fled, but was pulled over a short time later, where a breathalyzer revealed a blood alcohol content of .10%. He was arraigned on charges of second degree unlawful imprisonment, second degree harassment, and DWI.
While his charges are misdemeanors and violations, he can still face significant jail time.
Even worse for someone in this situation, the charges stem from a domestic incident, which gives prosecutors broad latitude to pursue the case even if the woman who originally made the report decides she wants to drop the charges against him.
He may also be subject to an order of protection which can be limited in scope or very broad, and can even force him out of his home.
Domestic violence incidents, even when they are fueled by alcohol, have incredibly serious implications for all parties involved.
If you’ve been charged with crimes related to a fight that broke out at home, you need experienced representation right away.
In Rochester, the attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer have defended clients in our area for decades.
When you need help resolving charges from a domestic matter, call 716-542-5444 and talk to an experienced Buffalo criminal defense attorney for free.