When an individual is pulled over by a law enforcement officer on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the state of New York, they may be faced with significant consequences if charged and convicted. New York takes drunk driving very seriously and aims to hold offenders accountable for their actions. Some of the penalties of a DWI conviction include a license revocation for six months, fines between $500 and $1000, up to one year of jail time, and the possibility of enrollment in the New York Drinking Driver Program.
What a lot of people don’t realize when they are charged with driving while intoxicated is that there are certain defenses that can be explored by a knowledgeable DWI attorney. If your attorney finds that the arresting officer failed to follow protocol, the evidence may be considered inadmissible and the charges may be dropped.
Some of the possible DWI defenses in the state of NY may include the following:
- If a law enforcement officer stops or searches a driver illegally, all evidence from that stop may not be admissible in a court of law. An officer is required to have a valid reason to pull a driver over.
- Failure to properly administer Field Sobriety Tests, such as the failure to demonstrate the test, read all instructions, inform an individual that they can remove high heels, etc.
- Failure to read the individual his or her Miranda Rights during an arrest
If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated in the state of New York, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney that can effectively represent your rights and explore possible defenses. Contact our firm today.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation and we would be happy to assist you.