An arrest for driving while intoxicated, DWI, in New York State can have many serious consequences. If you are convicted, you face the loss of your license, fines and administrative fees, as well as possible jail time. You can also expect to pay higher insurance premiums, which can amount to tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. Fortunately, Muehe Firm, PLLC will fight hard to save you inconvenience, grief, and expense. We challenge all aspects of the state’s case against you. We are local so we can respond when you need us most, and we continue to work closely with you until your case is resolved. Although no attorney can ever promise a result, we have a long record of accomplishment, and we are determined to use our considerable skills to achieve the best possible outcome.
In recent years the New York State legislature has been very active in passing laws to punish DWI convictions with increasing severity. To protect your rights, the first thing we do is review the offense report and your driving record to see exactly what kind of trouble you’re in.
At Muehe Firm, PLLC, we take advantage of every opportunity your case presents to avoid the worst consequences of a DWI conviction. If there is reason to believe that a sobriety checkpoint was improperly conducted, or if there was no probable cause to stop your car in the first place, we will try to get the whole case thrown out on constitutional grounds.
Some drivers think if they go into court with a criminal defense attorney for a DWI or a driving infraction, they are somehow admitting guilt. They have the mistaken idea they’d be better off just talking it out with the judge. This couldn’t be more wrong. Coming to court with an attorney indicates you understand the gravity of the situation; choosing to represent yourself would seem to imply you haven’t given the matter much weight.
Depending on the facts of the case, we can often deliver a better-than-expected result. We start by addressing points you might not have considered:
– Did the police have probable cause to stop you?
– Were you advised of the consequences of refusing a breath or blood alcohol test?
– Were all field sobriety, blood and breath tests conducted according to state standards?
– Were you read your Miranda warning?
– Were you actually driving?
A negative answer to any of these questions could damage the prosecution’s case completely. This is where our experience in managing DUI/DWI cases gives us an advantage. But, even if critical facts go against you, we can still present you and your case in the most favorable light, which may spare you the most severe consequences.