Here’s an article from fellow NYC DUI Attorney – Aaron Wallenstein.
If you are charged with DWI, you could lose your car and your job. If you are convicted of a DWI, you could face thousands of dollars in fines and other fees related to getting your license back. If you caused a car accident while driving, the other side may even hire a personal injury attorney to file a personal injury claim against you. This is in addition to possible jail or prison time. Therefore, the first step to clearing your name is to call a DWI attorney.
The Authorities Will Respect Your Attorney
A police officer’s job is to keep communities safe from those who may pose a danger. Therefore, you may be taken into custody if you even appear intoxicated. Prosecutors may be more interested in showing the community how tough they are on crime, which mean they may be after a guilty plea as quickly as possible.
Unless you have an attorney present, there is no guarantee that you will have anyone on your side to protect your rights. However, one call to a DWI lawyer ensures you have an advocate who will hold others accountable for the decision to charge you or the decision to take your case to trial.
Attorneys Know How the Law Works
Your attorney understands how DWI law works and how to use the law to your advantage. If you were under the legal limit when you were taken into custody, that may be enough to get the case dropped. If the traffic stop that led to a DWI charge was done without probable cause, that could lead to the case being dropped. In the event that there is any discrepancies in the police report compared to an officer’s testimony in court, that could be grounds for a plea deal or a dismissal of the case.
Perception Isn’t Always Reality
There are many reasons why you may have appeared intoxicated to a police officer at the time of a traffic stop. For instance, your car may have been swerving on the road or was idling at a green light. However, this doesn’t mean that you were intoxicated or otherwise impaired.
It could be that your car was suffering from a blown tire or that the car wouldn’t move no matter how hard you pushed on the accelerator. An attorney will use these facts to cast doubt upon the charge against you. These are strategies that you may not have thought to use or may not have been able to use as effectively as a trained attorney with experience in a courtroom.
You Can Tell Your Attorney Anything
One of the major benefits of having an attorney is that anything you say is confidential and cannot be used against you during your case. The reason why this is important is because the information you provide to an attorney can help defend you against the charge you face. This is in contrast to anything that you say to a police officer, prosecutor or judge that can and almost assuredly will be used against you in court.
If you have been charged with a DWI, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney today. Consultations may be free or payment may be waived depending on your ability to pay. A sliding scale may also be used to determine payment, which means you can afford the justice you deserve.