Westchester County DUI Lawyer
A Westchester County DUI Lawyer knows how stressful a DUI arrest can be. Suddenly, you are forced to deal with legal terms and court dates. Not only is this whole process confusing, the penalties you could face if convicted are serious. A DUI is defined in New York Vehicle and Traffic Law 1152. If you are found to be driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher, you can be charged with a DUI. If you have been charged with a DUI, Aggravated DUI, or DWAI, it is important to speak with a dedicated New York Driving While Intoxicated Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC as soon as possible.The Arrest
It is important to remember that as upsetting as the arrest process is, you should remain as silent as possible. Anything that you say can be later used against you in court. Provide the police with your basic information, and request that you speak with your skilled New York DWI Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC.Miranda Warning
When the police arrest you, you should be read your rights, known as a Miranda warning. You should be told that you have right to remain silent, and that anything you say can be used against you. You should be advised that you have a right to a criminal lawyer, and you will be appointed one if you cannot afford it.
Once you have been given your Miranda warning, you will need to acknowledge that you understand what has been read to you. You will need to waive these rights prior to the police questioning you.Police Questioning
The police will probably question you about the circumstances surrounding your stop and arrest, and can also obtain physical evidence from you. You will most likely be asked to provide a breath, blood or urine sample to determine what your blood alcohol level is. If you refuse to take this test, be aware that you can have your license suspended, and your refusal can be used against you later in court.Search and Seizure
The police are able to conduct a search of your vehicle without a warrant. They are usually looking for things like weapons, stolen property or drugs. If they deem it necessary, your car can be impounded and they can conduct a complete vehicle search, including the closed compartments of your car.
Generally for a first time DUI offense, you could face up to one year in jail maximum, fines, and a 6 month license suspension. A second DUI offense in ten years may be charged as a Felony DUI and can include enhanced penalties and a mark on your permanent record. The punishment for a Felony DUI can include one year in jail, fines, and loss of your license for one year.
Speak with an experienced New York DUI Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for advice. We can help you protect your rights. When you come in, we can provide you with legal guidance and a free consultation. We have offices to serve you throughout the New York area including Westchester County, and Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. In New York City, we serve in Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Phone us today to schedule your free consultation at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.