Driving while intoxicated and other alcohol-related traffic offenses are among the most serious traffic offenses a driver can receive. DWI and related charges require experienced, aggressive, and thorough legal representation. Even if you have been charged with DWI, having effective and experienced legal representation is the best way to avoid conviction or achieve a reduced sentence.
A DWI conviction will have serious consequences for your daily live, driver’s license, and insurance rates. A judge will weigh the aggravating and mitigating factors in your case and will impose a sentence of up to two years in prison. Your insurance will increase by 400% for a period of three years. If this is your first DWI conviction, your driver’s license will be suspended for a year, but you may be eligible for a limited driving privilege. If you have prior DWI convictions, your license may be suspended for up to four years, or may be suspended permanently, and you will not be eligible for a limited driving privilege. If your blood-alcohol level was 0.15 or greater, or if you have a prior DWI conviction, you may be required to install an ignition interlock on your vehicle before you are able to drive again.
Although DWIs are very serious charges, there are many ways to defend against them. Many issues must be considered when litigating a DWI case. Did the police officer have sufficient cause to stop your vehicle or place you under arrest? Were you stopped at a checkpoint that was administered in accordance with applicable legal guidelines? Did the officer administer field-sobriety tests in accordance with national guidelines? Were the breath and blood-alcohol tests administered correctly? Did police allow you to consult with friends and family upon your arrest without unreasonable delay? Was your bond unreasonably high under the circumstances? The answers to these questions may result in suppression of evidence that police gathered during their investigation, or you may be entitled to a dismissal of your case or a “not guilty” verdict at trial.
Our attorneys provide experienced and aggressive representation on your DWI charge. In addition, our office staff will guide you through other complicated aspects of your DWI case. We will assist you in securing a substance-abuse assessment and a limited driving privilege. We will also advise you regarding potential license revocations and will communicate with the Division of Motor Vehicles on your behalf.