The NY Daily News reports that Jason Kidd, 39, point guard for the New York Knicks, was arrested early the morning of July 15 in South Hampton, New York. Kidd, who signed with the Knicks on July 5th,was arrested when he crashed his Escalade into a telephone pole. It is reported that he suffered only minor injuries.
Kidd was not carrying any passengers at the time of the DWI arrest, and he was taken to a local hospital and released after he was treated for his injuries. The police transported him to the police station and later arraigned him in the Southampton Town Justice court. He has been charged with a misdemeanor DWI charge and was released on bail.
Kidd is most notably recognized for the impact he had last season helping the Dallas Mavericks with a 3-pointer in the closing minute of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals helping push the Mavs past the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was also instrumental in helping them win Game 5 of these NBA Finals by burying one last 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third quarter.
Kidd has played in the NBA for 18 years and signed with the New York Knicks on July 5 with a three-year $9.5 million dollar deal. He is also known to have high profile friends such as Jay-Z, and celebrity news reports that on the night of his DUI arrest he was “returning home after attending singer Ne-Yo and George Lucas’ ‘Fostering a Legacy’ benefit in East Hampton, New York.”
DWI Penalties for Kidd in New York City
Although Kidd faces a misdemeanor DWI or DWAI charge he may face severe fines and penalties. All first time DUI offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device for six months. The driver will be required to pay for the installation of the device as well as the monthly maintenance fee which can cost $70 to $100.
Kidd may also face fines from $300 to $1,000, civil penalties and a license suspension. The judge in the case may have discretion to decide whether he spends 15 days to one year in jail. He will also have to pay a “driver responsibility assessment fee” which is $250. This fee will generally be paid for up to 3 years in a row. License suspensions can be from 90 days to six months. Participation in the New York’s drinking and driving program may also be required as a condition of getting a conditional license. Additional requirements may include attending a Victim’s Impact Panel, serving probation or performing community service, as determined by the judge.
The bottom line is whether you are a celebrity like Jason Kidd of the New York Knicks or not, if you are arrested for drunk driving in the state of New York you will face severe DWI penalties. Make sure you understand DWI laws in the state and you talk to a DWI lawyer for more information about whether you should plead guilty to the DWI charges or fight them in court.