DWI Defense Lawyers in Rochester, NY
Savvy Attorneys at LaDuca Law Firm Defend Clients Charged with Drunk Driving in New York
One minute you are having fun with friends, whether at a bar or a party, and next thing you know, you are slapped with drunk driving charges and facing loss of driving privileges, hefty fines and possibly incarceration. DWI/DUI (driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence) are serious charges in New York State. Rest assured, if you are suspected of DWI, police officers will not hesitate to arrest you and prosecutors will fight hard to convict you of these severe charges.
Don’t go it alone. If you or someone you love is facing DWI/DUI charges in Monroe County or anywhere else in New York, you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer who will fight for your driver’s license, record and freedom. Contact LaDuca Law Firm today for a free consultation about your drunk driving charges. We will fight for you.
What are the Consequences of a Driving While Intoxicated Ticket in New York?
If you are suspected of drunk driving and get pulled over by a police officer in Upstate New York, you may be arrested and charged with DWI. You will be taken back to the station where you will be required to take a Breathalyzer test. If you are found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, you will be charged with DWI. If you were driving commercial vehicle (such as a bus or a truck) the permitted BAC limit is .06 percent.
If you are found guilty of DWI/DUI you will lose your driving privileges for a minimum of six months. A person with a CDL will have their license suspended for one year. Not having the ability to drive will stop you from getting to and from work, school and any other activities that are part of your daily lifestyle. You will be forced to depend on others or public transportation.
Further, your freedom may literally be at stake. The judge can opt to send you to prison for up to one year. He or she can also give you probation. While these penalties are at the judge’s discretion for a first time offense, the chances of you serving jail time is increased the higher your BAC reading turned out to be or if there was considerable property damage or personal injury caused by your drunk driving.
If you are ticketed a second time for DWI in 10 years, you will be slapped with felony charge. Having a felony on your record is serious business. First off, these days, lenders, prospective employers, college admissions counselors, etc., conduct background checks. Further, if you have a professional license, a felony conviction on your record will put your professional license (real estate, attorney, stockbroker, etc.) at risk.
Rest assured, motor vehicle insurance carriers don’t take kindly to DWI convictions, either. Your rates may be seriously increased, you may be slapped with surcharges and, in some cases, the insurance company may drop your policy altogether. If this happens, getting insurance with a DWI/DUI on your record will be extraordinarily difficult.
How LaDuca Law Firm Can Defend You Against Your DWI/DUI Charges
We will leave no stone unturned as we seek to discredit the evidence the prosecutor has against you in your drunk driving case. We will question the credibility of the officer who performed your Alcotest. We will review calibration records for the machine itself to make sure it was in proper working order when you took your breath test. We will investigate the validity of the traffic stop to begin with and will examine any of the officer’s other behaviors that can be called into question.
If we are unable to get your DWI charges dismissed, we will negotiate for conditional driving privileges so you can still get to work and school. A conditional driver’s license would allow to commute to and from work, school and medical appointments for yourself and your immediate family members. To be accepted into this program, you will need to attend a drinking Driver Program, pay for the conditional license and, of course, be approved for the program by the New York State DMV.
However, if you are accepted into this program, and receive any violations during the course of the conditional license period, you will be forced to deal with having your driving privileges completely suspended for the remainder of the time period.
Knowledgeable DUI/DWI Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer in Rochester NY Offers Free Consultations
If you’ve been charged with drunk driving in New York, you need a skilled and experienced lawyer to defend you in court against your DWI/DUI charges. At LaDuca Law Firm, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help you keep your driver’s license. Serious charges require serious legal representation. Call our Rochester NY office today for a free consultation about your drunk driving charges.