If you’ve gotten in trouble with the law in New York, then you know that you need to have a strong defense for court. Most people make mistakes at one point or another, but the wrong kind of mistake and the unfortunate situation in which you get caught can seriously affect your life.
One of the most common arrests is for a DWI. DWIs have a negative effect on you because they have an extended impact. It’s not just a single visit to jail or the police station. You see an increase in the cost of your insurance. You could lose your job or licensing in your field of work. You could even lose your license.
Fines are heavy for DWIs, but the penalties themselves aren’t the only issue. The social impact can be devastating. You may have friends or family members who disassociate with you due to your actions. If you harm or kill someone, the community may be angered, and that family will be negatively impacted by your actions.
You still deserve to be treated fairly after a DWI
Although a DWI is seen negatively, it’s important that you’re treated fairly. Your attorney will start by looking into your arrest and making sure that it was legal. The officer must have had a reason to pull you over. If they didn’t, or if they don’t note why, then the evidence collected during the stop might not be able to be used in court.
Another thing your attorney will do is talk to you about the breath test and what happened during its administration. If there was no breath test, how did the officer determine that you were intoxicated?
It is essential that you allow your attorney to do their job and protect you from the start of your case. After any arrest, you need to call them as soon as possible, so that they can come to help. You should not go through an interview with the police until you are able to speak with your attorney first.
Your attorney will give you guidance on what you can and cannot do, what you should say and what you should stay quiet about. You are advised not to give any information other than identifying information prior to speaking with your attorney, so that you don’t say or do something that makes your situation more serious than it already is.