On March 26, a woman who was driving an ice cream truck while drunk was sentenced to six years in prison on a hit-and-run charge. She was also given an additional 10 days for being in contempt of court. The incident occurred on July 15, 2018, which is also known as National Ice Cream Day. At about 6:38 p.m., she hit a vehicle that had three people inside of it.
According to a witness, the vehicle hit a tree before driving off. The alleged offender was eventually found by police officers near the scene of the collision. The three people inside of the vehicle that the woman hit were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no details given as to why she was held in contempt of court, and she did not receive any prison time for the DWI charge that she originally faced.
Individuals who are charged with DWI or related crimes could spend weeks or even years in prison. They may also find that their reputations within the community are tarnished, which can make it hard to run a business or find a job. The fact that a person was convicted of a DWI may appear on a background check when applying for a job or to get into school.
An attorney may be able to help an individual get a DWI charge dismissed. In some cases, it may be reduced to reckless driving or a similar charge. This may be beneficial because the penalties will be reduced, and a reckless driving charge may not carry the same weight if discovered on a background check. A charge might be reduced or dismissed by having evidence suppressed or by casting doubt on evidence that is introduced at trial.