When You Face A DWI Charge
When you are under arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI), you have an immediate need for legal advice and representation. DWIs carry many significant consequences, and you want to have a lawyer explaining what you can do to minimize the negative effects of these charges.
At The Law Offices of Amanda L. Rose and Beth V. Kelly-May, our attorneys represent people accused of DWIs, and we are familiar with the courts and the process ahead of you. We want you to understand the immediate consequences of a DWI so you can prepare yourself for your case:
When you are pulled over, the officer will make a determination as to the likelihood that you are intoxicated. If they have doubts, they may claim you violated some other minor traffic offense, as this allows them to walk up to your window and take a closer look at your vehicle and its contents. If they suspect alcohol use, they will use a set of field sobriety tests and examine your behavior. They make the arrest to take you back for further tests.
The most used test for suspicion of drunk driving is breath testing using a breathalyzer; but if the police are suspicious of drug use, they will subject you to blood tests. “Implied consent,” which is part of obtaining a license in New York, means you have given consent to this testing. If you refuse a test, you are subject to immediate license revocation and other potential penalties.
If this is your first offense, you will face at minimum a fine between $500 and $1,000 as well as the loss of your driver’s license for six months and the possibility of one year in jail. These consequences can change increase if you are under the age of 21, have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .18%, or have a child in the vehicle. Leandra’s Law makes having a child younger than 15 in the vehicle a felony drunk driving charge.
The punishment is enhanced with each additional offense. The potential fines and the length of license suspension and jail time increases. These are serious offenses that can disrupt your life for a long time.
Call Today For Help
Our attorneys recognize how damaging these charges can be and work aggressively to protect your rights and interests. Call us at 518-613-4222 to reach our Mayfield office for a free consultation. We can also be contacted with this email form.