Rochester DWI Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense for Drunk Driving Charges
Alcohol-related accidents are on the rise, so it should come as no surprise
that New York law enforcement officials have begun to crackdown on the
amount of drunk or drugged drivers on the road. In the haste to arrest
dangerous drivers, Rochester police and patrol officers have been known
to wrongfully accuse or over-charge individuals with intoxicated driving
offenses. A conviction of driving while intoxicated (DWI) is very serious,
and you may lose your license, face jail time and be subjected to fines.
If you were a driver on Route 90 or any other local New York highway or
road and you were charged with DWI, you need to contact a Rochester criminal
defense lawyer from the Law Office of Robert King today.
The prosecutors in Rochester and throughout New York take a tough stance
against drunk driving, both for the purpose of punishing individual offenders
and to send a message about their work to enforce public safety. It’s
not easy to beat DWI charges in this state. But Robert King has a track
record of success, with the majority of DWI cases he has handled ending
in a reduction or dismissal of the charges. Attorney King has been selected
for inclusion in the
2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, joining less than 2.5% of attorneys who make this prestigious list.
Penalties for DWI
If you are tried and convicted for driving under the influence, you may
be facing multiple penalties. While the circumstances of each case will
vary, it is always recommended that you work with an attorney after an arrest.
First-time offenders can see their license suspended for up to 6 months
and they may incur a fine of up to $1,000. Convicted individuals are required
to attend alcohol evaluation courses and may spend up to one year in jail.
Not your first offense? Second-time offenders will see an increase in
their penalties, including a maximum of 4 years in jail, $5,000 in fines,
and a license suspension of 1 year. An interlock ignition device may also
be required to be installed in your vehicle.
Individuals with third-time convictions can face up to 7 years in jail,
a license suspension minimum of 1 year, and could be required to pay up
to $10,000 in fines. An interlock ignition device may be required as well
as alcohol assessment and up to 60 days of mandatory community service.
If your arrest was the result of an accident, you could be charged with
additional crimes on top of your DWI offense. In the event that an accident
resulted in a death, for example, you may be charged with vehicular manslaughter.
Assistance with Understanding the Laws
Under New York's implied consent law, individuals who refuse a breath
or blood test when requested to submit to one by a police officer may
have their license automatically suspended. At the Law Office of Robert
King, the lead attorney does not always recommend submitting to these
tests, and in some cases, refusal could actually benefit you. If you have
had a few drinks and were stopped at a traffic stop, you may be able to
obtain a hardship or conditional license while your case is pending. If
you do take the test and blow a blood alcohol content reading that is
over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you may not necessarily be able
to obtain a hardship license. It is always recommended that you exercise
your right to remain silent at a traffic stop and contact the Law Office
of Robert King for legal assistance.
New York DWI laws can be tricky, and the Law Office of Robert King recommends
that you not try to navigate the legal process alone. When you work with
the firm, you can receive outstanding representation for your case. Whether
this is your first DWI arrest, you are underage, or you are facing a charge
as a repeat offender, you need to work with an experienced litigator.
The firm can evaluate your case and all necessary evidence, police reports,
witness statements and breath or blood test findings. The attorney working
on your case can develop an effective defense strategy to fight for your
rights and freedom. If you have been arrested or facing
traffic tickets, immediately
contact the Law Office of Robert King today and speak with a trusted Rochester DWI lawyer. Complete a
free case evaluation form as soon as possible to get started.