NYC DWI Lawyers
Being taken into custody by police is not a pleasant experience. It can throw you into a state of shock and panic. If you have been arrested and charged with DWI, that is driving while intoxicated, you are in serious trouble. Under the state law of New York, you must have a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher and be positioned behind the wheel of a car to be convicted. Police and prosecutors must prove their case. And if they have arrested you for this crime, they will stop at nothing to do so.
Your first move after the arrest must be to contact a lawyer. The law offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have extensive experience and expertise in handling such cases.
There is a difference between being charged with DWI and actually being guilty of it. The state must prove its case against you; and if you do not fall within the legal criteria of the offense, then you should not take the fall for it. Law enforcement officers have been known to be overzealous when it comes to DWI charges. You may have been stopped for some other reason and subjected to a battery of tests which the officer believed made you a danger to other drivers. In most instances, this is not enough to make the charges stick.
You must be robust and aggressive in your defense. The penalties for a DWI conviction can include a fine, the suspension of your license, and long incarceration. The factors used in determining your punishment include the amount of alcohol in your system and prior convictions for DWI. Beyond the judicial sentencing are the wider areas of your life that will be negatively impacted. You will have a criminal record. This can affect your chances for getting a job and even renting an apartment. Your name and reputation will also be tarnished, which can affect your opportunities for promotion in your current job.
This is not the kind of battle you want to wage on your own. You need expert advice and representation if you are to clear your name.
If you are guilty of the crime you have been charged with, if you made a poor choice and got behind the wheel of a car after a bit too much to drink, you still need representation. In such instances, it will be the aim of your lawyer to reduce the severity of the sentence you receive. The latter can be especially harsh if you have prior convictions for DWI. Penalties for a third DWI offense include 7 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
No matter the particulars of your case, an attorney from Stephen Bilkis& Associates can reach out to the prosecutor and negotiate a deal that will keep your sentence to a minimum. If you have no prior convictions for DWI and no criminal record whatsoever, your attorney may be able to get you a light and lenient sentence. You want to do all that you can to prevent the matter from dragging out in court. To protect your position, status, and your family, you should work with your attorney to cut a deal that sees that justice is done but protects you from disgrace and ruin.
When you are arrested for DWI, it may seem like all is lost. The most important thing you can do in such a situation is to keep a cool head. Your attorney will know how to handle the case and the authorities, so that you are treated fairly and justly. That is the best you can hope for.