Police: Pittsford Man Who Was Charged With 6 DUI Charges In Vermont, 1 In New York Is Now Charged With Eighth DUI, May Face Jail Time Up To 10 Years If Convicted
A forty year old man from Pittsford, who has already been convicted of seven drunken driving offenses, has denied an eighth one last week.
Paul F. Cormier pleaded innocent on Thursday in Rutland criminal court to a felony count of driving under the influence (DUI) as well as a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license, which will be his third offense.
According to reports, there were two empty bottles of Twisted Tea, an iced tea beverage containing alcohol, found in the vehicle. In addition, police said a sobriety breath test indicated that Cormier’s blood-alcohol concentration level was 0.126 percent, higher than the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving in Vermont.
Cormier, who has been convicted of driving drunk six times in Vermont and once in New York, was pulled over late Wednesday night in Brandon by a Vermont State Police trooper who said a lookout had been issued for the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe with the license plate “MUNKIE” which Cormier was allegedly driving.
Cormier’s history of drunken-driving offenses dates back to 1993. His most recent conviction came in February 2008 when he was sentenced to serve two to five years behind bars.
If he is convicted of DUI 4, the charge when there are four or more offenses, he could face up to 10 years in jail.
Prosecution attorney, Peter Bevere said Cormier will face greater penalties and sanctions than ever before under the recently adopted DUI 4 criminal charge which, in addition to a 10-year maximum sentence, requires that at least 192 consecutive hours be served behind bars and may not be deferred, suspended or served through work camp.
“The state will be looking for a significant amount of incarceration,” Bevere said during the arraignment.
Last Thursday, defense attorney, Nelson Floyd, requested the court to release Cormier from the DUI charge without bail. However, facts pertaining to his case, along with his prior criminal record, failure to appear at court hearings presents a strong case against him that may potentially lead to a longer sentence and increased penalties. Hence, Judge Cortland Corsones set bail at $5,000. Cormier remained behind bars Thursday afternoon.
“This is a serious offense tied with what appears to be a serious problem with alcohol,” said the Judge. “Bail does seem to be appropriate in this case.”
In the State of New York, drunk driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drug is considered to be a grave offense, one that results in enormous monetary and time loss, along with penalties that are harsh and stringent. These penalties include license suspension, a multitude of legal and probation fees, hefty fines, compulsory requirement to attend DUI schooling or serve hours in community service, along with the requirement to attach an ignition interlock device to the vehicle mandated at the expense of the DUI offender. The intensity and magnitude of these penalties increase manifold as the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level exceeds 0.15 percent, if the person commits the same offense more than once, or if the person has a minor under the age of 15 years old as a passenger in the car at the time of the DUI arrest.
A conviction can therefore land you in a lot of trouble, one that is bound to have significant implications on your family, social, and professional life. Not only a criminal record is humiliating, but can dampen your job and career prospects in the future.
Therefore, to tackle the challenges associated with your DUI case, the complexities involved in court room proceedings and to minimize the magnitude of your penalties, it is extremely crucial to hire or at least consult an experienced lawyer. The expertise and knowledge of a well-trained and knowledgeable lawyer can save you a lot of hassle.
The best recourse to adopt however, is to not drink if you are planning to drive. Call a cab, friend, or family member to drive you home. You will not just save yourself the trouble, but save your life and the lives of others as well in the process.
If you come across and see any suspicious activity involving drunken driving, please notify the police immediately by calling 911.