A conviction for DWI or another drunk driving conviction will unquestionably have a serious impact on your personal and professional life. A DWI is a criminal offense, and can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on a number of circumstances, including whether you have had another DWI within the last 10 years or if there was a child under the age of the 16 in the vehicle when you were charged with a DWI. Your privileges to operate a motor vehicle in the State of New York will be revoked for at least six months, although you may be eligible to obtain a “conditional license” to drive to and from work, school, and in other limited circumstances if you have not had another conditional license within the last five years. You will be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in any motor vehicle you own or operate, for at least six months, but in all likelihood, for one year. Your insurance rates may rise, and there could be serious consequences for your employment or job prospects. In these circumstances, it is essential that you obtain experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation that we provide at the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel in White Plains, New York.
Representing Clients Charged With Drunk Driving
Clients come to our White Plains, New York Office charged with:
- DWI (Driving while intoxicated)
- DWAID (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs)
- DWAI (driving while ability impaired) - Blood alcohol content (BAC) from 0.05 to 0.07
- Aggravated DWI - BAC of .18 or higher
- Felony DWI - Resulting from more than one DWO or DWI with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle pursuant to Leandra’s Law
- Underage drinking - Resulting in a DWI charge, including the Zero Tolerance Law
At the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel, we handle all aspects of your case following your DWI arrest, including the administrative license hearing (also known as the Refusal Hearing) if you have refused a chemical test of your blood, breath or urine. In this legal environment, with increased emphasis on apprehension and prosecution of drunk driving charges, it is essential that you have an experienced, skilled legal advocate on your side. We will negotiate on your behalf or fight your drunk driving charge in court if that is the best possible resolution of your case.
Investigating Your Drunk Driving Case, Protecting Your Rights
We investigate all aspects of the DWI arrest. For example, the investigating officer must have observed a violation of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law before stopping your vehicle, such as an unsafe lane change, disregarding a traffic control device or some other traffic infraction. When you are stopped on suspicion of DWI, the Field Sobriety Tests that will be conducted must be done in accordance with protocols as established in the NHTSA manual that all officers learn from while at the police academy. The officer must conduct all testing in accordance with legal procedure, and properly advise you of your rights. This includes correct procedures as to:
From the initial stop to the administration of any tests, everything must be done in accordance with proper and legal police procedure. The consequences of a DWI charge are too severe to overlook even the smallest detail. If there is evidence to support your innocence, we will advocate on your behalf, either by plea bargain or at trial.
To obtain more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced DWI attorney, please contact us.