Queens DUI Lawyer
Anyone that has been arrested for a drunk driving offense knows that it can be a horrific experience. Suddenly you find yourself in an unfamiliar world of legal terminology and court dates. It is important to take prompt action however, and speak with a qualified New York Criminal Lawyer from our team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. You could be facing serious Penalties if convicted, including jail time, substantial fines, probation and loss of your driver’s license.Say as Little as Possible
If you have been pulled over by police for suspicion of a DUI or DWAI, there are certain questions you could be asked. The best course of action is to say as little as possible. Any information you provide through questioning can be used against you later in court. Politely answer the basic questions, and provide your identification. Other than that you should remain is quiet as possible until you have your experienced New York City DUI Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC present.What are my Rights When Arrested?
When you are first arrested, the police should read you a Miranda warning. Your Miranda Rights must be read before the police can ask you any questions. In your Miranda warning, you will learn that:
You have the right to remain silent and anything you say can be used against you;
You have the right to an attorney with you during questioning, and
If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
After you have been given your Miranda warning, you must unequivocally give up these rights in order for the police to question you. It is important to always say as little as possible until you have your lawyer present.
It is important to realize that the police are able to collect physical evidence. This includes taking a blood, urine or Breathalyzer test. You are obligated to take these tests pursuant to the concept of Implied Consent. When you first obtain your drivers license you agree through implied consent to provide DUI testing if ever required. If you refuse to take these tests, your refusal can be used against you and your driver’s license can be suspended.Search of Your Vehicle
When you are under arrest, the police can search your car without a warrant. If they have reason to believe that you are in possession of drugs or other illegal substances, weapons, or stolen goods, they are able to search your car without a search warrant.
Being arrested is undoubtedly a traumatic experience. It is important to speak with a dedicated Queens Drunk Driving Lawyer for advice and legal guidance. Contact the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for help. A Queens DUI Lawyer from our team can answer your questions and provide you with a free consultation on your first visit. We have offices to serve you in New York City including Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. 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.