Long Island DUI Lawyer
A Long Island DUI Lawyer knows how traumatic a DUI arrest can be. You may still be reeling from the experience, and may not know what your next step should be. Suddenly you are thrown into a very unfamiliar world of legal terms and court dates. It is important to seek the advice of a dedicated New York Criminal Lawyer from our team right away. The penalties you could be facing if convicted are serious, and can include jail time, monetary fines, probation and loss of your driving privileges. In New York, a DUI is defined in section 1192 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic law as operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08% constitutes a DUI. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWAI, speak with a dedicated Long Island DUI Lawyer from our team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC right away for guidance.The Arrest
As upsetting as the arrest process is, it is important to be aware that any information that you divulge can be used against you in court later. Give the police your basic information such as name and address. Beyond that, it is wise to say as little as possible and contact a dedicated New York Criminal Lawyer from our office right away.Miranda Warning
When you are arrested, you should be read your rights. This is known as a Miranda warning. You should be advised that you have the right to remain silent. You are able to have your lawyer present while being questioned by police. If you cannot afford an attorney one can be appointed.
Once the police have read you your rights, you need to acknowledge that you understand these rights. You will need to clearly waive these rights in order for the police to question you.Police Questioning
The police will most likely question you about the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and will probably want to obtain physical evidence. They will probably ask you to provide them a blood, breath or urine sample to measure your blood alcohol level. It is important to note that if you refuse, your refusal can be used against you in court, and your license will probably be suspended.Search of Your Vehicle
The police are able to search your car without a warrant. They are looking for things like weapons, stolen property, and any illegal substances. If any illegal items are found, they can be immediately confiscated. If it is deemed necessary, your car can be impounded and a more thorough search can be conducted.
For a first time DUI offense, penalties include up to one year in jail, fines, as well as a 6-month license suspension. A second offense within a ten-year time frame can be charged as a Felony DUI. In this case, you can be charged with up to one year in jail, fines, and the loss of your driver’s license for one year.
Speak with a qualified New York DUI Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. We can answer the many questions you likely have, and create an aggressive defense strategy to protect your rights. When you come in, we can provide you with legal guidance and a free consultation. For your convenience, we have offices located throughout New York City including, Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. We also have locations in Westchester County, and Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.