How serious? Your first DWI is usually classified as a misdemeanor. The consequences for a first time Driving while intoxicated charge are: a $1,000 fine, installing an ignition interlock device, and jail time for up to 1 year. The consequences are worse for second and subsequent charges. Your second charge, if it happens within 5 years of when your first DWI occurred is a felony. The third charge, within 10 years of your first DWI is a more serious felony which can land you in state prison.
What do you need if you are charged with a DWI?
First, you need to have your questions answered by an experienced DWI defense attorney with years of court work and trial experience. You need a DWI defense attorney who will explain how the system works and what you can expect. You need an attorney who you can call with your questions and who will work to obtain information for you, so that you can make intelligent decisions about your case and your life.
How We Can Help You
Our defense attorneys are skilled in representing clients charged with Driving While Intoxicated charges, including:
Drugs and DWI
DWI causing an injury
DWI causing vehicular manslaughter
DWI with a child in the car
DWI for underage drivers
The issues surrounding your case are just as different and serious as the charges themselves. For example, what happens if you refuse to take a saliva, urine, breath or blood test, or must you take the test at all? The answer again depends on your situation. If you refuse you may face a loss of license and fines like: first time refusal – $500 fine and 1 year license suspension; first time refusal, but have had a DWI within the last 5 years – $750 fine and 18 month license suspension; second or subsequent refusal – $750 fine and 18 month license suspension.
The issues in defending your Driving while intoxicated charges are numerous and must be tailored to your individual case by an experienced attorney. For example, just some of the issues in your case may include: did the police have a good reason to stop you; was a breath test properly administered and did you refuse; was the chemical test or road test properly administered; can you avoid a license suspension during your case so that you can continue to live and work; can you avoid a criminal record which will follow you forever.
At Weisberg & Zukher your case will receive personal attention from experienced and knowledgeable attorneys who will listen to your side of the story and work with you to obtain the best possible result in your DWI case. Our criminal defense attorneys will work hard to obtain evidence, interview witnesses, and file documents that will protect your legal rights and put you in the best position possible to obtain a reduction of your DWI charges, keep you out of jail, avoid a criminal record, and preserve your driving privileges during your case so that you can live and work. Our defense attorneys appear in court every day and know the judges and prosecutors in the DWI Unit who are involved in your case.
Because “Your Life is Our Business,” our commitment to you is to provide unmatched quality of personal attention and representation at an affordable price. Because every case is VERY different, we will work with you to charge a reasonable fee based on the facts and legal work required in your case. Call us 315-701-2939 or CONTACT US ONLINE and we will be with you every step of the way. Browse our website to learn more about our DWI, Family Law, Adoption Law and Personal Injury legal services.