Our readers in White Plains may have heard the recent news that the sports agent for golfer Tiger Woods was arrested recently in Ardsley. The 44-year-old agent was one of 11 people arrested by police at a sobriety checkpoint near the New York State Thruway.

He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. That particular charge is filed when police claim a suspect’s blood-alcohol content is exceptionally high. In this case, authorities say the agent’s blood-alcohol content was over .18 percent. In our state, the limit for driving is .08 percent. Whether the agent’s breath test was accurate may be an issue that bears discussion in court.

After his arrest, the agent issued an email statement. “It’s a medical issue I was dealing with,” he said. “It’s not what you think.”

There may be validity to his claims. Certain medical conditions can make a person appear intoxicated, and police officers have been known to mistake the symptoms of medical conditions for intoxication. Additionally, it remains to be seen whether the arresting officers followed proper procedure at the checkpoint. A slip-up in procedure could be grounds for the reduction or dismissal of charges.

The agent was recently arraigned in Ardsley. The court revoked his driver’s license, and his next court date has been set for late January.

New Yorkers who have been charged with DWI should keep in mind that all is not lost. To protect your freedom, it is extremely important to carefully analyze the circumstances of your arrest and mount an aggressive defense. Your freedom, finances and reputation are at stake, so it is in each defendant’s best interest to have a clear strategy in answering DWI allegations.

Source: Bloomberg, “Woods’s Agent Mark Steinberg Loses Driver’s License After Arrest,” Michael Buteau and Mason Levinson, June 5, 2012