DWI in Westchester County New York is treated as a serious crime, the punishments are often quite severe and require an experienced and aggressive Westchester County DWI Lawyer. Anthony M Giordano has aggressively defended DWI cases in Westchester County for over 25 years. As a former prosecutor, he has obtained favorable results for clients charged with felonies, misdemeanors, violations, and DWI in Westchester County, New York. Very serious punishments can be imposed for drunk driving or impaired driving in Westchester County, including, but not limited to, incarceration, probation, fines, surcharges, suspension or revocation of one’s New York driver’s license, increase in insurance rates and the requirement for an interlock device in one’s car.
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Mr. Giordano’s experience serving as a Westchester County DWI lawyer is a key factor in delivering a fair outcome for his clients. For example, in a recent case, Mr. Giordano’s client was arrested and charged with a felony DWI in Westchester County. Mr. Giordano reviewed both the felony and the underlying conviction and decided that the underlying conviction could be successfully vacated on the grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel. Mr. Giordano successfully vacated the underlying plea resulting in his client no longer exposed to becoming a felon. The case was appealed and established parameters for any DWI defense attorney in Westchester County that is working a case.
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New York State’s current DWI laws punish an accused on arrest for DWI in Westchester County. Driving privileges are jeopardized regardless if one is a first-time offender- and before a judge or jury has seen a single piece of evidence. If a breath test results in a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) greater than .08, a New York judge must take their driver’s license at arraignment (the first court appearance). This starts a 30- day period during which an accused can be without a driver’s license and unable to drive in New York! A hardship hearing is available but requires one to establish that the loss of driving privileges constitutes a “substantial hardship”. The decision to grant a “hardship” driver’s license rests exclusively with the judge. The burden of proof is upon the accused to prove a substantial hardship. Such proof must consist of more than just the accused’s testimony. The best odds for obtaining a hardship driver’s license lies in going to court with an experienced Westchester County DWI attorney.
Call The Westchester County DWI lawyer counselors at the Giordano Law firm. We provide a free consultation to determine the best defense strategy in DWI cases in Westchester County New York.
WHAT TO DO IF STOPPED FOR DWI IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY?? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!!!
1. DEMAND TO SPEAK WITH LEGAL COUNSEL OR A WESTCHESTER COUNTY DWI LAWYER IMMEDIATELY. Unlike most police actions, when charged with DWI in Westchester County, New York one is not entitled to have a Westchester County DWI lawyer present during the administration of a breath test. One’s right to counsel is limited. One only has a right to confer with counsel or a Westchester County DWI lawyer and even that right has limitations. A general request to confer with a Westchester County DWI lawyer prior to taking a blood test is ineffective as an assertion of one’s right to counsel. In Westchester County DWI cases, a specific Westchester County DWI lawyer must be requested. A general request will not obligate police to take steps to obtain a Westchester County DWI lawyer. If police are provided a specific Westchester County DWI lawyer’s name, they are obligated to provide only an opportunity for an accused to confer with that Westchester County DWI lawyer prior to administering a test. If they are unable to contact a Westchester County DWI lawyer after a reasonable period, the decision to take the test must be made without the advice of a Westchester County DWI lawyer. If such efforts unreasonably delay the administration of the breath test, the breath test must be taken or a refusal alleged. But if police fail to provide any opportunity for an accused to speak to a specific Westchester County DWI lawyer, the DWI breath test result can be precluded from use at trial.
2. REFUSE TO SUBMIT TO FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NEW YORK. A person charged with DWI in Westchester County is under no legal obligation to perform Field Sobriety Tests (FST), such as the “Walk and Turn” and “Finger to Nose” tests. One should decline to do these DWI driver field sobriety tests for many reasons. First, there are no standards for passing or failing them. Whether one passes or fails is exclusively the opinion of the arresting officer. And if he is making you undertake them, chances are he is planning to arrest you for DWI in Westchester County. Second, very few people who submit to these driver field tests avoid arrest for DWI in Westchester County. People have failed them for absurd reasons, many having nothing to do with intoxication. One client failed a DWI field sobriety test for raising his arms more than 2 inches from his side doing a walk and turn test. Another failed for placing his foot more than ½ inch behind his other foot during a doing the same field sobriety test. Police routinely fail people accused of DWI in Westchester County on FSTs for missteps that perfectly sober people do. Police use these FSTs primarily as additional “evidence” against an accused and not as a means to weed out sober people from intoxicated people. So if asked to do a “Walk and Turn” test, decline. It is your right.
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What are the alcohol and drug-related violations in Westchester County and New York State?
- BAC = Blood Alcohol Concentration
- DWI: Driving While Intoxicated; .08 BAC or higher or other evidence of intoxication. For drivers of commercial motor vehicles, .04 BAC or other evidence of intoxication.
- Aggravated DWI in Westchester County: Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated: .18 BAC or higher.
- DWAI/Alcohol: Driving While Ability Impaired (by alcohol) in Westchester County; more than .05 BAC to .07 BAC, or other evidence of impairment. For drivers of commercial motor vehicles who are under age 21, .02 BAC or other evidence of impairment.
- DWAI/Drug: Westchester County Driving While Ability Impaired by a single Drug other than alcohol.
- DWAI/Combination: Westchester County Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combined Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.
- Chemical Test Refusal: A driver who refuses to take a chemical test (normally a test of breath, blood or urine in Westchester County) can receive a driver license revocation of at least one year (18 months for a commercial driver) and must pay a $500 civil penalty ($550 for a driver of commercial vehicles) to apply for a new driver’s license. A driver who refuses a chemical test during the five years after a Westchester County DWI-related charge or previous refusal will have their driver license revoked for at least 18 months (permanent for a commercial driver) and must pay a $750 civil penalty to apply for a new driver license. If the driver is under age 21, and refuses a chemical test during the five years after a DWI-related charge or previous refusal, they will have their driver license revoked for at least one year or until age 21, whichever is longer and must pay a $750 civil penalty to apply for a new driver license.
- Zero Tolerance Law in Westchester County: A driver who is less than 21 years of age and who drives with a .02 BAC to .07 BAC violates the Zero Tolerance Law in Westchester County, New York.
Have you been arrested for DWI in Westchester County New York? Call The Westchester County DWI lawyer counselors at the Giordano Law law firm.
We provide a free consultation to determine the best defense strategy in DWI cases in Westchester County New York.
Westchester County DWI Lawyer – Call: 914-923-7746