Nassau County DUI Lawyer
A Nassau County DUI Lawyer would probably agree that being arrested for a DUI can be a traumatic experience. You are instantly thrown into a world of legal terminology, court appearances, and very real penalties. In New York, a DUI offense is set forth in Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1192. Generally, a DWI offense involves operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of over .08% or higher. The penalties you could be facing if convicted include jail time, substantial fines, probation and possible loss of your license.The Arrest
Though being arrested is a very difficult experience, it is important to remain calm. Do not divulge any information that you do not need to, as this could be used against you later in court. Provide the officer with your basic information (name, address, etc.), and show them your identification when asked. Beyond that, say as little as possible and contact a Nassau County DUI Lawyer from our team right away for assistance.Your Rights When Arrested
If you are formally arrested, as opposed to only being detained, you should be given a Miranda warning. The police are legally obligated to read you your rights before they can question you.
The Miranda warning will tell you that you have a legal right to remain silent, and anything you do say can be used against you. You have the right to have your attorney present during questioning, and if you cannot afford one, the state will provide you one.
Once you have been read your rights, you will have to acknowledge that you understand these rights. You will have to waive these rights in order for the police to question you.Police Questioning
If you waive your rights, the police will most likely question you. They have the right to obtain physical evidence from you, and will probably request that you take a Breathalyzer, blood or urine test to measure the amount of alcohol in your system. You are required to cooperate. If you refuse to take a test, your refusal can be used against you in court, and you can have your driver’s license suspended.Search of Your Vehicle
The police are authorized to conduct a search of your car without a warrant. They will probably be looking for weapons, stolen property and illegal substances, and can confiscate what they find. If the situation merits it, they can impound your vehicle and conduct a thorough search of your car including any closed compartments.
Speak with a Nassau County DUI Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Whether you have been charged with a Felony DWI, a DWAI, or an Aggravated DWI, we want to create an aggressive defense strategy and ensure that your rights are protected. When you come in, we can provide you with legal guidance and a free consultation. We have offices serving New York City including Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. We also have locations in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, and Westchester County. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.