Getting charged with a DWI/DUI can come with serious consequences. As a result, those facing these charges should take them seriously. If you are facing drunk driving charges in New York, you are not alone – a recent press release by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo states that 739 drivers were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) during a recent two week stretch.
Why so many arrests in such a short time period? The arrests were part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The campaign ran from August 18th through September 5th.
From this group, 219 drunk driving arrests were made during Labor Day weekend alone.
What happens after a driver is arrested for a DUI? Once arrested for DUI, the driver has a couple of options. The first is to ignore the charges. This is not a good idea. If the DUI becomes a conviction serious penalties can apply. These penalties can include monetary fines and potential prison time.
The second option is to fight the charges. Defenses are available that can result in the reduction or dismissal of charges. An effective defense strategy depends on the details of the arrest. One example involves whether or not officers followed proper protocol when making the stop. If not, any evidence gathered during the stop may not be admissible.
Do I need a lawyer? In short, the answer is yes. Putting together an effective defense strategy requires a careful review of the arrest and knowledge of applicable laws. An experienced attorney can guide you through this process and better ensure your rights are protected.