You have been charged with driving while intoxicated, or DWI.
What to do?
Most of the time, people are not expecting to be suddenly thrown into a DWI situation, so they really haven’t though much about legal counsel. Perhaps you are wondering, “Why do I need a lawyer for this charge?”
DWI is a criminal charge. Keeping your license and your driving privileges becomes the main goal. In order to do that, hiring proper help is essential.
One poor decision can result in expensive consequences for an ordinary citizen. Most people stopped for DWI honestly did not believe they were operating a motor vehicle with blood alcohol concentration over the limit to drive, or higher than 0.08 BAC. However, even if the driver is correct, and was not operating with BAC over the legal limit, the driver could still be convicted of a DWI.
Choosing a good lawyer in this circumstance could mean avoiding the high stakes of a drunk driving conviction.
Strict new laws
Strict new laws make it easy to arrest you for a DWI offense. Standards needed to stop someone and arrest them for DWI charges have been lowered. These relaxed laws make it tougher for the average citizen. An experienced DWI lawyer is good defense. Lawyers who routinely fight these kinds of charges are quite successful at securing verdicts of not guilty.
Refusals, accidents and property damages
Because you were arrested and you refused a breath test or were involved in an accident does not mean you will necessarily be convicted. Neither does property damage or accident injuries.
The new DWI laws make it easier to arrest people, but they are complex, and there are multiple regulations that police and prosecutors must pull together in order to have a proper case against you.
There are many ways to prosecute, but there are just as many defenses. If the prosecution cannot reasonably prove the case, the DWI case must be dismissed. A knowledgeable attorney can make all the difference.
A DWI is a criminal charge
Like all criminal charges, you are presumed innocent until a court proves you guilty. Because you are facing criminal charges, it is important to secure the assistance of a local lawyer and get the details of your case reviewed as soon as possible. This way the defense for your case will understand your individual needs and fight for your specific case. A skilled regional lawyer will know which prosecutor to approach with your case in mind. If the case goes to trial, the training and expertise of your legal counsel will make all the difference.
Know your facts
A DWI charge is very stressful, but you don’t have time to waste. Know your DWI facts. Knowledge is power. Study up on DWI law and confirm where you may stand. Hire a competent lawyer. Being upset and taking no action will not make serious charges go away. Instead, plan to fight the charges. Many people are surprised to learn how much help a competent DWI lawyer can be towards winning a case and setting them free from the encumbrance and cost of a DWI conviction.
Don’t assume you will be proven guilty. The options you need to present your case and win are immediately available with a competent DWI lawyer. This article was written by Steven Mogoli, an NYC attorney with over 35 years of experience.