Being arrested for DWI is a serious offense that could lead to life-altering consequences. If this is your first DWI/DUI arrest, then you will undoubtedly have a number of questions about who to turn to, what to do next, or how these charges could impact your life. The Long Island DUI attorney at the firm can help shed light on the situation and give you the answers you need to make informed decisions regarding your future. The legal team at the firm is not here to judge you or your situation, but to help guide you in the direction so you can get your life back on track.
This DUI should be your first and last if you take the steps necessary to take back control of your life. It is, however, important to act quickly. The sooner you respond to your charges, the better your chances of securing a favorable outcome.
Implement the following steps to protect your future after a DWI arrest!
- Do you know your rights? An awareness of both state laws and your constitutional rights can go a long way in protecting your future. Speaking with an attorney can help clear up any confusion that you may have. Remember that you have the right to remain silent, which means that you should not admit to drinking or make any other kinds of incriminating statements that could work against you in court.
- Schedule your DMV hearing. After being arrested for DUI, you have a limited amount of time to contact the DMV and request your DMV hearing before they automatically suspend your license. By scheduling a DMV hearing, you can challenge your license suspension. A DMV hearing is not a criminal court hearing, so you are not required to have legal representation. By hiring an attorney however, you will have a better chance of persuading the DMV to reinstate your driving privileges.
- Don't miss your court hearing. Be sure to report to the court on time on the day of your scheduled criminal court hearing. If you miss this hearing, you could face further legal consequences. Be sure to have an assertive legal advocate with you to present your case to the state licensing authority.
- Abide by your penalties. If you are convicted of DUI, then it is very important that you carry out all the punishments so you don't get into any more legal trouble. This means you must pay your fine on time and do not drive on a suspended license. Also, New York requires all people convicted of a misdemeanor or felony DUI to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. If you are placed on probation, be sure to follow the terms of the probation agreement very closely. By following the rules, there is a better chance that you can get your license back sooner.
- Renew your insurance policy. If you have a DUI on your record, your current insurance company will most likely terminate the existing policy. It is absolutely vital that you carry current insurance at all times if you are driving your vehicle on a regular basis.
Put a Dedicated Legal Team on Your Side
At Prime & O'Brien, LLP they are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused and they can help guide you through this difficult time. Many first time offenders are not familiar with the criminal justice process, which is why having an attorney is so crucial. The attorneys at the firm have nearly 20 years of experience defending against a wide variety of criminal charges and they are exceptionally talented litigators.
If you have been arrested for DWI, then contact a Long Island DUI lawyer from the firm to help you figure out what to do next.