Suffolk County DUI Lawyer
A Suffolk County DUI Lawyer knows how traumatic a DUI arrest can be. You are instantly plunged into a very unfamiliar world of court dates and legal terminology. It is important to obtain legal guidance as soon as possible if you have been arrested, as the penalties that you could be facing are significant. In the state of New York, a DWI is defined in section 1192 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. If convicted, you could be facing jail time, probation, fines and the loss of your driver’s license.Being Arrested
Though being arresting is extremely upsetting, it is important to be aware of your rights. It is important to not divulge any information that can later be used against you. Politely give the arresting officer your basic information, but say as little as possible beyond that, and contact an experienced New York DUI Lawyer from the team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC as soon as possible.Your Rights
When you are arrested, the police will give you a Miranda warning. The police are obligated to tell you that you have the right to remain silent. Anything that you say can be used against you later. You have a right to legal counsel present at the time of questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided to you.
Once you have been advised of, your rights will have to acknowledge that you understand what has been read to you. You will have to waive these rights for the police to question you.Being Questioned by Police
The police will not only question you, but will collect physical evidence from you as well. You will be asked to provide a breath, blood or urine sample to measure the amount of alcohol in your system. It is important to be aware that a refusal to take this test can be used against you later in court, and you can have your license suspended.Vehicle Search
The police are authorized to search your vehicle without a warrant. They will be looking for any illegal substances, weapons or stolen property. If any such items are found, they are allowed to confiscate these items. They can also impound your car if they deem necessary, and conduct a more thorough search of your car including any closed compartments.
If you are arrested, it is important to be aware that you are facing very real penalties if convicted. For a first offense, punishment can include up to one year in jail, fines, and a 6-month suspension of your license. A second offense within 10 years is considered a Felony DWI, and will include enhanced penalties and a mark on your criminal record.
Speak with a highly qualified Suffolk County Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for guidance. An experienced DWI lawyer from our team can create a defense strategy to give you the best possible result given your particular charges. When you come in, we will provide you with legal guidance and a free consultation. Whether you have been charged with a DWAI, a felony DUI, or an Aggravated DUI, contact us right away. We we can serve you throughout New York City, including Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. We also have locations in Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island, and serve Westchester County as well. Call us today to schedule your appointment at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.