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Experienced Suffolk County DWI Attorneys
Hiring a Suffolk County DWI Lawyer is an important step. A DWI attorney in Suffolk County with experience in the local Courts is invaluable. Most of us would understand at this point, after being arrested and processed, that being charged with a DWI driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs in Suffolk County, New York is a serious matter. Retaining the services of a Suffolk County DWI defense law firm will be a start. With recent changes in New York State DWI laws, you can permanently lose your privilege to drive, you can have your vehicle seized and you could receive a criminal record. Of course, you could also spend time in the Suffolk County jail. Knowledgeable and experienced DWI Lawyers in Suffolk County can help.
The point is, any decisions you make at this very critical stage might have long term consequences if you do not have the expert guidance of an experienced Suffolk County DWI Lawyers. In New York State, permanent means permanent. There is no such legal avenue for expungment of a criminal record from a Suffolk County DWI conviction. The guidance of an experienced Suffolk County DWI defense law firm is invaluable. For example, with the sound advice of a Suffolk DWI lawyer who has experience in all courts, including the Central Islip First District Court, our lawyers may be able to save your license or perhaps obtain with permission from the court, a conditional license to drive to work. One of our DWI lawyers can request a hearing in front of a Judge in any Suffolk County Court and ask that your vehicle be returned. Of course, an experienced Suffolk County DWI attorney will know how to negotiate with the office of the District Attorney to gain a positive plea or disposition of your case.
Daniel G. Rodgers, Esq. PLLC
We Are Suffolk County DWI Lawyers
Finally, you should know all of our DWI lawyers in Suffolk County are skilled DWI trial attorneys seasoned as prosecutors in the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, as well as decades of defending DWI cases at trial with successful results. These are just a few of the reasons why you should speak with a Suffolk County DWI lawyer with the background that we possess in DWI cases about your driving while intoxicated case.
What Can I Expect Will Happen Next?
Much will depend on what you have been charged with. Typically, if you have been charged with DWI in Suffolk County, it will fall under NYS Vehicle and Traffic law section 1192.2 and 1192.3. This means you have submitted to a breath test with results of .08% or higher and below .18%. (BAC .18% or higher is Aggravated DWI) The first goal is to insure that you are released after your arrest. That is why it is important to have a Suffolk DWI attorney at your side at your arrainment. Additionally, the court in Suffolk County will suspend your driving privlidges pending the prosecution of your case. Practically speaking, it could take many months to prepare and defend your DWI case. We will immediately file a request with the court to ask for a Hardship Hearing to obtain a conditional license, usually within a few days of your arrest.
Of course, this is a very brief overview of what is typically the most common form of DWI arrest in Suffolk County. It is also possible you may have been charged with a DWI Refusal in Suffolk. New York State has an "implied consent' law, meaning you are required to submit to a breath, urine or blood test at the request of a police officer if you have been charged with DWI. You will be entitled to a Suffolk County DWI Refusal Hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles. You could however lose your privilege to drive for a year or longer. But you may qualify for a hardship license or a conditional license. This is just one more reason why you should have the guidance of a DWI lawyer experienced in handling Suffolk County DWI cases.
Finally, depending on your background and the circumstances particular to your arrest, your situation you find yourself in can be infinitely more complicated. You could be charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs under section 1192.4. If you have a prior conviction for DWI within the past 10 years in Suffolk County or elsewhere, you might find yourself charged with a Felony DWI. The allegation may involve the presence of children in your vehicle and you would be charged with a Felony DWI under the newly enacted Leandra's Law. The DWI laws in Suffolk County New York are serious. Speak with an experienced Suffolk County attorney about your Suffolk County DWI case. The consultation is free. The advice is priceless.
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