NY DUI Lawyer
A NY DUI Lawyer knows how unpleasant a DUI arrest can be. You are probably still upset about the experience, and are unclear as to what to do next. It is important to seek the advice of an experienced New York Driving While Intoxicated Lawyer as soon as possible. In New York, a DUI is defined pursuant to NY Vehicle and Traffic law 1192. Generally a DUI involves operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. The penalties you could be facing are serious and can include jail, significant fines, probation and loss of your license.During Your Arrest
The arrest process is extremely stressful, but it is important to keep your wits about you so you do not hurt your case down the road. You should only give the police your basic information, but nothing more. Anything you say can be used against you in court later. Ask to speak with a dedicated New York Drunk Driving Lawyer from our team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC.Miranda Warning
When someone is arrested, police are required to read them their rights. This is called a Miranda warning. The police should tell you that you have the right to remain silent. You also have the right to an attorney present during questioning. These are very important rights, and the police will most likely want to be sure you understand them clearly. You will need to waive these rights in order for the police to question you.Physical Evidence
The police may try to obtain physical evidence in the form of a breath, blood or urine sample. You are expected to cooperate with this request. If you refuse, your license will probably be suspended, and your refusal can negatively impact your case.Search and Seizure
When you are arrested for a DUI, the police have the right to search your car without a warrant. They are generally looking for any illegal item such as drugs, stolen property or a weapon. If anything illegal is found, they have a right to confiscate the items. If the situation warrants it, your car can be impounded and searched more intensively.
If this is your first drunk driving offense, you could be punished with up to one year on jail, and/or fines, and a 6-month license suspension. A second offense, if committed within 10 years of the prior DUI, would count as a Felony DUI. In this instance, you would be facing up to one year in jail, fines, and loss of your license for one year.
Speak with a skilled New York DWI Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. We want to ensure that your rights are protected at every stage of your legal proceedings. When you come in, we can provide you with a free consultation. We can offer you legal guidance. We have offices throughout New York, including Westchester County as well as Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. In New York City, we have locations in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.