Strong Representation for All DWI Proceedings

If you have been arrested for DWI anywhere in New York, the proceedings following your arrest can seem very confusing. You will be required to appear in court regarding your DWI charge, after which you will have a DMV hearing regarding your license. At Katz Lawyers, our New York DWI attorney is prepared to offer dedicated representation for both hearings.

Give us a call today at (212) 747-0606 to schedule your free consultation. We are available 24/7.

Drunk driving is among the most serious driving-related charges motorists face in New York City.

Most alcohol and drug-related moving violations will stay on your active driving record for a period of 10 years, and may be discovered during background checks for the rest of your life. Additionally, insurance carriers are permitted to use convictions to raise your insurance premiums for a period of at least three years; increased insurance rates are typically substantial when alcohol or drug convictions are involved.

Many employers also conduct background checks, which will typically uncover alcohol or drug convictions. Such convictions will bar you from employment in many instances. While there are several ways to reduce such civil consequences after conviction, by far the best way to avoid the criminal, administrative and civil consequences associated with a DWI charge is to consult with an experienced New York City drunk driving defense lawyer as soon as possible after arrest.

Drunk Driving Penalties in NYC

Even for those arrested for a first offense, a DWI conviction carries possible penalties that include jail time, a 6-month license suspension and fines and court costs of $1,000 or more. Depending on the circumstances of arrest, misdemeanor charges can be enhanced to a felony charge based on aggravated circumstances. Once increased insurance premiums, missed work (or lost jobs) and other costs are tallied, most motorists convicted of drunk driving spend on average $10,000.

Factors that can determine possible penalties include: 

  • Whether or not a motor-vehicle collision occurred.
  • Whether you refused a chemical test.
  • Whether or not children were in the car.
  • Whether you have previous convictions.
  • Your BAC at time of arrest.

In addition to criminal penalties, you may face administrative action through the state Department of Motor Vehicles, in addition to civil consequences, including job loss or the inability to obtain a job or work in certain professions.

NYC DWI Defense

Consulting an experienced New York City drunk driving defense lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest offers the best chance to minimize the impact a DWI charge has on your life. In many cases, an experienced attorney can win a dismissal, get you acquitted on the charges, or, at the very least, obtain a significant reduction of the charge, which will greatly reduce the negative consequences associated with a conviction.

Some of the factors your DWI defense lawyer will review in determining the best course of action include:

  • The probable cause for your traffic stop.
  • The “results” of field sobriety tests, which are notoriously inaccurate.
  • The results of your breath tests if you took one.
  • The training of officers involved.
  • The training of the breathalyzer examiner and the calibration of the machine.
  • Any previous driving convictions.
  • Videotape evidence of the traffic stop and officer conduct.

Drunk driving charges are among the most often charged serious driving offenses in New York City, and are the leading driver of municipal court revenue. Far too many motorists who are convicted simply plead guilty to the charges and attempt to put the incident behind them. Veteran NYC DWI defense lawyers know this is a mistake. There are many avenues to pursue when it comes to winning a dismissal, acquittal or reduction of the charges.

In some cases, hiring a drunk driving defense attorney may be no more expensive than the consequences of a conviction. Veteran drunk driving defense attorney Seth Katz represents clients throughout New York City, including Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.

For a free and confidential consultation with our NYC DWI defense lawyer call 212-747-0606. We are available whenever you need us.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your DUI charges and license suspension, contact our office at (212) 747-0606 .


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