These days it seems we all know someone who has been charged with DWI. We hear about it on the news, in our community, and all over the television. If you have the misfortune of being charges everyone has advice based upon a “friend’s” experience. As a result of the frequency of these charges and the assembly-line approach that some lawyers use to resolve these cases, there seems to be an impression that a first offense isn’t a big deal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any time you get charged with a drug or alcohol-related driving offense you need to take the charges seriously. Getting charged with something like a DWI, aggravated DWI or DWAI drugs can have vast ramifications far beyond your immediate concerns. I have heard many people say “oh it’s a first offense and your BAC is low, don’t worry your charges will be reduced.” Although that may sound like a good outcome the only way to know whether you have received the best outcome possible is to have your case reviewed by an experienced DWI attorney who understands all the intricacies of a vehicle and traffic stop, the ensuing police investigation, and the standards required to prove a DWI or the related offenses. Even if you may think it is not a big deal, IT SI!. If you are like millions of other people, you rely heavily on being able to use your vehicle to get to work, take care of your family, and get to school, and more. If that is suddenly taken away from you, what will you do? This can easily happen when you face DWI charges. If you have received a ticket like this, the first thing you need to do is talk to a DWI lawyer available to help you in Onondaga County.
The Serious Consequences of DWI
Getting charged with a DWI is going to have serious consequences for you now and possibly for the rest of your life. . If you are convicted of an alcohol or drug-related driving offense, you can expect to have your license suspended or revoked for a period of time, at the very least. There are also fines that you need to pay, you may be put on probation, you will have to attend special classes (which you also need to pay for), you may also face jail time for your actions and you make have to install an ignition interlock device that monitors your breath as you operate your vehicle. All of this can keep you from driving, preventing you from getting to work, and perhaps costing you your job and income. In addition to these consequences, there are unknown issues that may be down the road. Alcohol or drug-related driving conviction may prevent you from obtaining future employment or restrict your ability to travel outside the United States. Recently, New York amended the lookback period for reviewing a driver’s eligibility for a driver’s license. The lookback period is now your life, your whole life. What this means for New York drivers is that essentially any convictions you have will be considered anytime you apply for, renew, or try to reinstate your driving license.
Talk to an Attorney
When you have the right lawyer on your side, you can get proper advice and guidance so you can be sure you fully understand the charges you are facing. Your lawyer can work with you, the prosecutor, and the courts to help resolve the situation. You can get the defense that you need that can help you reach the best resolution possible.
DWI charges are very serious and you need to treat them as such. Make sure you speak to a lawyer that specializes and is experienced in handling DWI cases so you can be sure you are going to get the best advice possible and representation that can help you the most. Call Cambareri & Brenneck and speak with one of our attorneys and you will know what a difference experience makes.