What You Should Know When Arrested for DUI
Advice from experienced Nassau County criminal defense attorneys
DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) are serious matters that carry significant penalties and practical restrictions on your life. A conviction on such charges can lead to a jail sentence, probation or fines, and can leave a dark stain on your reputation and professional persona that you may never erase. If you drive for a living, you could easily lose your job. And if the conviction is not your first, the penalties may be far harsher than you realize.
When you face such charges, it is essential that you retain an attorney who understands the criminal DWI and DWAI laws in the applicable jurisdiction as early as possible. In Nassau County, you need to contact Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC
What to do after your DWI arrest
DWI or DWAI conviction can seriously and permanently affect your future. If you have been arrested on such charges, there are a few essential steps you must take and things to be aware of to protect you rights.
- Seek legal representation immediately, but be sure to find an attorney experienced in these types of cases. A lawyer who is unfamiliar with DWI and DWAI defenses is not much good to you. The criminal defense attorneys at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC thoroughly understand the current drunk driving laws and penalties in New York State, and have successfully handled hundreds of DWAI and DWI cases in the New York metropolitan area. We have worked hard to establish a reputation as defense attorneys who aggressively fight for our clients.
- Do not speak to the police without first consulting an attorney. The section of your Miranda rights that says anything you say can be used against you in a court of law is more than just an old cliché. The less you say to the police, the less likely you will inadvertently hamper your case.
- Do not drive if your license has been taken away. Doing so will only increase the penalties you face. If you obtained legal counsel in a reasonable timeframe, you may even be able to fight to have your license restored.
- Recent high profile cases involving Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) have resulted in tougher treatment for those who boat after drinking too much. The lawyers at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC can help you navigate the rough waters of a BWI case.
Knowledgeable DUI and DWI lawyers in your corner
At Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC, our attorneys are all former Assistant District Attorneys. We understand DWI and DWAI laws on Long Island, and we know which strategies and tactics can work for you. Contact us online or at 516-294-0300 to schedule a free consultation.