A 34-year-old assistant district attorney (ADA) in Bronx, New York, has been charged with DWI following a multi-vehicle accident involving three cars that took place on Major Deegan Expressway last year. The DWI charges have resulted in a criminal trial.

Recently, prosecutors announced that they plan to subpoena several of the young woman’s colleagues, who were with her the evening when the accident occurred, to testify against her. One of those colleagues is the daughter of the defendant’s attorney, which raises the concern of a possible conflict of interest.

A special prosecutor from Manhattan has been called in to work on the case.

As a result of her arrest, prosecutors learned that the woman had previously been arrested for drunk driving. Those charges were dismissed.

The recent discovery of the defendant’s arrest record has elicited the opinion of preferential treatment by some. Ironically, these sentiments have come at the same time the Bronx district attorney’s office began looking into similar allegations within the NYPD regarding ticket-fixing.

At this time, there does not appear to be any connection between the NYPD officers being investigated and this case.

Drunk driving allegations are taken seriously all across country. Dangers associated with driving under the influence of alcohol and the subsequent penalties are severe.

Men and women in New York who are facing charges of drunk driving may take some measure of comfort in the fact that they are not alone. In addition to social difficulties some defendants may face a substantial fine as well as a license suspension if convicted. Incorporating the knowledge of experienced legal counsel could offer peace of mind in the wake of DUI charges.

Source: NY Daily News, “Colleagues called to testify in DWI case of Bronx Assistant DA Jennifer Troiano,” Kevin Deutsch, 23 June 2011