Vineland, NJ- A Vineland man is out on bond despite receiving his 5th DWI arrest on May 16th, but will likely be sent to prison.
Vineland police arrested Anderson Sotomayor just before noon Wednesday after witnesses reported an erratic driver near 4th Street and Park Avenue. An officer then witnessed Sotomayor swerving out of his lane and pulled him over. He refused to take a breathalyzer and admitted to taking Oxycodone without a prescription.
Sotomayor was arrested for DWI and had an open container of alcohol in plain sight. Even though this is his 5th arrest he was released from jail a few hours later after posting bond.
His first charge was on April 2nd after he hit a school bus. His second was on April 9th when he hit a police car; the third was on April 11 when he hit a utility pole. His 4th was this past Saturday after police found him driving the wrong-way down a one-way street.
For the incident on Wednesday, Sotomayor was charged with having an open container, reckless driving and refusal to take a breathalyzer.
Getting a reduced sentence is possible after the 1st or 2nd DUI, especially when the offender has a highly skilled DWI attorney. But after a few charges, the accused will need an effective DWI defense.
A DUI lawyer can appeal to the court and can often get a reduced sentence for a first or second offender, but when a person has numerous offences they can expect stiff penalties.
No one should allow a DUI to hold them back or have too negative of an impact on their personal and professional lives. When a DWI offender has a very experienced DWI attorney fighting by their side, they will be able to avoid the harshest penalties.