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.