New York, NY- Bakery owner and star of TLC’s Cake Boss, Batolo “Buddy” Valastro was arrested for driving under the influence in Manhattan Thursday morning, New York Police reported.
Police pulled Valastro over after he was seen driving erratically and swerving in and out of traffic lanes on 10th Avenue. He was pulled over and police noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his yellow Corvette.
According to PIX 11, Valastro’s face was flushed and he had bloodshot watery eyes. Police said when he stepped out of his vehicle, Valastro was unsteady on his feet. He subsequently failed a breathalyzer and was placed under arrest. Police didn’t say what his BAC was.
Valastro has been charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired, PIX 11 reported.
In addition to hosting “Cake Boss,” Valastro owns several bakeries, including Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey which is featured in the show.
Valstro probably knows it will be in his best interest to hire a DWI/DUI attorney.
In New York, a DWI charge means a host of legal headaches if the accused is convicted. There’s the possibility of spending up to year in jail, depending on the circumstances of the accused’s arrest, their level of intoxication and whether they caused an accident involving injury. A DWI conviction also results in an automatic six month suspension of an individual’s driver’s license. There is no requirement of an ignition interlock device for a first DWI conviction, but that’s a common repercussion even for first-time offenders. Then there’s the fines often totaling in the thousands and mark a DWI conviction will leave on a person’s record.
In spite of the consequences, so many DUI/DWI offenders don’t think they need an attorney. They have this notion that they should plead guilty and move on with their lives, but given the penalties a conviction can carry they won’t be moving on any time in the near future. A DWI can be thorn in a person’s side for years so don’t enter a plea before consulting with an attorney who specializes in DWI defense.
The majority of DWI cases are handled before trial through negotiations. This is not something you or a well-meaning friend or family member is capable of doing. If the evidence is stacked up against you, an attorney can negotiate with prosecutors for lesser charges or reduced penalties. Only someone who works with the courts regularly understand when the prosecution has weak or strong case and knows the best approach to take.
A DWI attorney is worth your time and money. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you a DWI is so insignificant that you don’t need the help of an expert. Too many people do this and end up regretting it later. It’s better to put up a fight than accept and conviction.