Fighting Drunk Driving Charges, Protecting Your Driver’s License
A conviction for DWI has serious consequences:
- Your first DWI conviction is a misdemeanor that will result in a life-long criminal record; your driver’s license will be revoked; you will be required to pay an expensive fine of up to $1,000 (or up to $2,500 for an Aggravated DWI); you will be required to pay a DMV assessment of $750; you will be required to install an ignition interlock device; you will likely face sharply higher insurance rates; you may lose your job; and you may be placed on probation or even face jail time.
- A second or subsequent DWI conviction: If you have a prior alcohol-related conviction, the consequences can be far more severe. A second DWI conviction within a 10-year period is a Class E Felony that can result in a fine of up to $5,000 and a sentence of up to four years in jail. A third DWI conviction is a Class D Felony that can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and a sentence of up to seven years in jail.
If you have been arrested and charged with DWI, the judge may suspend your driving privileges at your very first court appearance. Entering the courtroom without an experienced defense lawyer is a decision that you cannot afford to make.
I am criminal defense attorney Larry Trank. From my law office in New Paltz, New York, I defend individuals throughout the Ulster County, Dutchess County, and the Hudson Valley who are charged with drunk driving, felony DWI, as well as other alcohol/drug-related offenses. Contact a New Paltz DWI defense lawyer for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
New York Drunk Driving Laws
Drunk driving charges (sometimes referred to as DWI, DUI or DWAI) can be defended. As your lawyer, I will begin your defense by investigating and analyzing a number of factors, including:
- Was there probable cause for the traffic stop that led to your arrest?
- Were the field sobriety tests properly administered?
- Was the Breathalyzer machine used during your arrest properly calibrated?
- Did the officers who administered the Breathalyzer test have the proper certification and training?
- If a blood or urine sample was obtained, was the testing performed properly and can a proper chain of custody be established?
Free Consultation With An Ulster County Drunk Driving Lawyer
For more than 25 years, I have aggressively protected the rights of individuals who have been charged with DWI and other alcohol/drug-related offenses in the New Paltz area, and throughout the Hudson Valley. To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case, call my office toll free at 877-224-1132 or simply fill out the contact form on this website.