When facing a loss of driving privileges, having the help of an experienced New York traffic lawyer can help you avoid serious consequences that could affect your ability to get to work or fulfill your familial duties. There is hope for your case. The team at Katz Lawyers is here to help you understand how to proceed with your case and avoid losing your ability to drive.
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Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions about traffic offenses in New York. While it is always advisable to retain the services of a legal professional, the answers you will find here can help you make better decisions about proceeding with your case.
How will hiring a New York traffic lawyer help me?
An attorney who understands your situation can help navigate the court system to allow you to tell your side of the story. Traffic laws in New York can be tough to navigate, and if you suffer the consequences of a violation, you could be in danger of losing your driving privileges. For example, even a simple speeding ticket will add points to your license which, when combined, can result in a loss of your ability to drive. DWIs as well can be devastating to your ability to find a job, get a loan, or secure housing opportunities. By working with an experienced attorney, you can fight these charges and help to protect your future.
What should I pick in a lawyer?
First and foremost, make sure your lawyer has experience with the case you are fighting for. At Katz Lawyers, our New York DUI lawyer has nearly two decades of experience helping clients to retain their driving privileges following a criminal charge. For those who have lost their driving privileges, an effective attorney may be able to reinstate them by demonstrating your need to have a working license. Katz Lawyers also offers free consultations, meaning you won’t lose any money up front as you find out if you have a case.
What should I tell the police if I am picked up for drunk driving?
Ideally, you should say as little to the police as possible. When law enforcement suspects you of drunk driving, anything you say can and will be used against you. Even explaining that you had just one drink can have devastating consequences down the road. Do not speak to police about your criminal charge without a lawyer present, as investigators will often ask questions meant to trip up the accused. Let our team help you frame your story in the way you remember it — not the way law enforcement hopes you will tell it.
What are the penalties for drunk driving in New York?
Depending on whether this is your first offense or a later one, the consequences will be different. For a regular first time DUI offense, New York generally charges the crime as a misdemeanor, with felonies following if the offense occurs again. However, penalties are more severe when there is an occurrence of collision, children riding in the car, high BAC levels, or refusal of a sobriety test. A knowledgeable New York DUI lawyer will be able to help you understand the severity of your consequences.
Can you help me get my license reinstated?
In New York, it is possible to obtain a conditional license if yours has been suspended due to an alcohol or drug-related offense. Drivers must attend an Impaired Driver Program before they can be eligible. Once you obtain this conditional license, you will be required to attend regular assessments to make sure you are not continuing to drive under the influence.