The 41-year-old nephew of enigmatic Hollywood film director Martin Scorsese has been arrested and accused of drunk driving. The incident happened in late November in Oakwood Heights. Frank Scorsese was pulled over by officers after they claim to have seen him swerving in traffic. Police further claim that the man drove up onto a sidewalk before they finally pulled him over at approximately 11 p.m.
A Deputy Commissioner of Public Information spokeswoman offered the above information to the news media about the arrest. She also claimed that Scorsese had slurred speech when police pulled him over.
After the traffic stop, police decided to arrest Scorsese and check him into the Staten Island University Hospital because they suspected that he was intoxicated by narcotics. Later, authorities charged him with the operation of a vehicle while impaired by drugs.
This is not the younger Scorsese's first run-in with the law. In 2015, he sidestepped spending time in jail after a drug-related conviction when he was able to reach a plea bargain. In that case, Scorsese pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree criminal drug sales relating to an April 2014 arrest. In lieu of jail time, he completed an in-patient and outpatient treatment program and was sentenced to four years of probation.
When evidence against a New York resident accused of drug crimes is strong, trying to reach a plea bargain in the case is an excellent strategy for seeking a reduced punishment. In a plea bargain, an accused person will agree to plea guilty to one or more charges in exchange for a reduced sentencing and/or in exchange for other, more serious charges being dropped or dismissed.
Source: silive.com, "Scorsese's nephew arrested for DUI in Oakwood," Kristin F. Dalton, Nov. 25, 2016