Albany DWI Defense Lawyers
Looking for a skilled and energetic Albany DWI Defense lawyer, and don’t want to pay a fortune to find one? The Smelyansky Law Firm offers DWI defense for albany area clients. Driving while intoxicated (“DWI”) charges are among the most common criminal charges for which clients seek legal representation in New York. DWI offenses can range from misdemeanors with no jail time to felonies with significant jail time associated. All DWI charges, if the defendant is convicted, will result in a suspension or revocation of their driver’s license for a specified period of time.
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There are also increased penalties associated with DWI’s in New York if the intoxicated driver:
- Is under 21 years of age;
- Fails to cooperate with law enforcement;
- Is also under the influence of drugs;
- Has had previous DWI offenses;
- Refuses a chemical test; or
- Has above a .18 blood-alcohol level or higher.
While a “simple” DWI (driving impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater) can lead to significant fines and associated license suspension, a person can still be charged with similar DWI crimes (such as DWAI or “driving while ability impaired by alcohol”) even if they are not driving at the legal limit. In order for successful prosecution of these cases, the state has the responsibility of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt, which can be difficult, especially when faced against an experienced DWI defense attorney. The sooner you get an experienced DWI defense attorney on your side, the less you say to the police, and the more proactive you are in getting your charges dropped or minimized, the greater the likelihood that you can move past your mistakes with minimal impact on your future.