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Here’s a great article from Aaron Wallenstein, a fellow NYC attorney. Aaron handles DWI in NYC. You didn’t set out to drink and drive, but that’s what happened. After having one too many, you got behind the wheel and started for home. Noticing that your driving was a little erratic, an officer pulled you over and administered a breathalyzer test. Now your are faced with charges of driving while under the influence. Instead of taking the matter lightly, you need to hire a DWI lawyer as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the reasons why you need help from a lawyer now.
Analyzing the Events Surrounding the Arrest
One of the first things that the lawyer will do is go over every detail of the arrest. That includes making sure the arresting officer’s actions are in full compliance with current laws. If there are any witnesses to the event, the lawyer will want to talk with them and see what insights they can offer. Armed with that information, it will be possible for the legal counsel to provide you with some ideas of what can be done.
Recognizing the Impact on Your Life
While you may think that the worst that can happen is a fine and possibly a little community service, there is more at stake. Do you understand what a conviction for driving under the influence can mean? As the lawyer will explain, this type of event on your driving record will not help you maintain lower auto insurance premiums. Depending on what other infractions you may have on your record, this could be all it takes for your current provider to cancel your coverage. While you will be able to find another provider, expect to pay much higher rates for the next several years.
The impact is not just about your insurance. If you are hoping to land a great new job, rest assured that prospective employers will delve into your background. When they see that conviction for driving under the influence, your chances of being offered the position will decrease significantly. Do you really want to miss out on a great opportunity because of this one mistake?
Planning a Strategy
A lawyer knows how to evaluate the chain of events and determine if there are grounds to seek some type of lesser charge. This is important, since the plea bargaining could result in preventing some of the more serious consequences of the current charge. The lawyer can help you understand how plea bargaining works, the chances of the court accepting this solution, and what impact the outcome will have on your life.
For example, your specific situation could make it possible for the lawyer to get the court to reduce the charges to reckless driving rather than driving while under the influence. While that type of conviction will still have some degree of negative impact on your insurance rates and not do your driving record any favors, you’ll find it easier to recover from the event and eventually overcome the consequences.
Dealing With the DMV
Your arrest for driving under the influence means more than having to face a judge. At the time of the arrest, the Department of Motor Vehicles was also notified. That means your driving privileges could be at stake.
Following the advice of your lawyer could lead to a resolution that prevents your license from being revoked or suspended. Since you need to be able to drive to and from work every day, having a lawyer on hand to deal with the DMV is your best move.
The bottom line is that you need help from a DWI lawyer after an arrest. Make that call as soon as possible. Preparing the best possible defense is the only way to ensure your rights are protected and that there is a chance for some leniency based on the how the lawyer defends you.