DWI charges come with costly consequences for parties who don’t challenge the accusations leveled against them. If you let a driving while intoxicated (DWI) go uncontested, you may lose your job, upend personal relationships, and even struggle to find a place to live.
What’s more, New York assigns severe consequences to those parties who don’t challenge their DWI accusations.
If you want to contest the fines, incarceration, and roadway consequences that come with an unchallenged DWI charge, you need a Middletown DWI lawyer on your side. DWI Tom’s team has years of experience helping people like you fight to have DWI charges reduced or dropped. You can reach out to the team today to secure the criminal defense you need.
Breaking Down a DWI Charge
New York’s DWI charges see the accused face charges of driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) about the legal limit of 0.08. The police officers who accuse you of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs must have reasonable cause to pull you over. Police officers can then test your coordination and BAC at the scene before charging you with misconduct.
A first-time DWI charge comes with a risk of:
- Fines between $500 and $1,000
- Imprisonment for one year
- License suspension for up to six months
A court may also deem it appropriate to install an ignition lock on your car. These locks refuse to let you drive if they detect an unsafe amount of alcohol on your breath when you get into a driver’s seat. Unfortunately, many courts will charge you for ignition lock installation should you fail to challenge the charges brought against you.
Addressing Compounded DWI Charges
Police officers who want to meet their monthly quotas or who otherwise misinterpret your behavior on the road may look for excuses to compound the charges brought against you. If you resist arrest, for example, or refuse an officer’s sobriety test, the officer may accuse you of inappropriate conduct.
Unfortunately, many police officers are quick to misinterpret your physical conduct when they pull you over. A police officer can claim that they felt threatened by you if they want to accuse you of assault or an aggravated DWI. These charges can see your possible fines increase to up to $2,500. These charges similarly come with a risk of up to a year in jail.
Accusations of inappropriate conduct can see you face increased fines and prolonged incarceration. Fortunately, you retain the right to challenge compounded charges. Our DWI lawyers in Middletown can bring forward evidence clarifying the nature of your arrest and contradicting officers’ claims regarding your conduct.
Consequences of an Unchallenged DWI Charge
The most common consequences for an unchallenged DWI charge include:
- License suspension
- Insurance premium increase
These consequences grow more severe if you already have DWIs on your record. Repeat offenders may specifically have to pay fines of up to $10,000, depending on the circumstances that led police officers to pull them over. Some drivers even risk permanently losing their licenses.
You can also expect a court to worsen the consequences brought against you if you’re accused of aggravated DWI, DWI resulting in an accident, or DWI resulting in another person’s wrongful death.
Unchallenged DWIs Also Come With Social Consequences
You risk your employment if you don’t challenge a DWI. Many employers refuse to hire parties with criminal records. It may also prove impossible for you to hold or later secure a job that requires you to drive on company time.
There are even some realtors who refuse to sell homes or rent apartments to people with criminal records. Failure to challenge a DWI could see you evicted from your current residence if you’re a renter. If you want to move at some point in the future, you need to challenge a DWI to keep your criminal record clean.
What’s more, unchallenged DWIs can have a serious impact on your personal relationships. If you’ve ever been to court to discuss custody of a child, a protective order, or alimony, an unchallenged DWI may whittle away your rights.
Middletown, NY, DWI lawyers recognize the devastating impact unchallenged charges can have on your life. That’s why DWI Tom works every angle of your DWI case. You can count on our criminal defense attorneys to stand with you and help you keep your life post-DWI charge on track.
Defending Against DWI Charges
When it comes time for you to challenge a DWI charge, you should work with an attorney to assess your circumstances and determine what elements of your situation you can specifically call into question. Viable arguments challenging the prosecution’s burden of proof can:
- Call a police officer’s biases into question
- Question the validity of a sobriety test
- Bring relevant diet or medical conditions to a court’s attention
- Challenge the police officer’s probable cause
All the while, make sure you abide by the expectations set forth by the court. Participate in required drug or alcohol education programs. Do not drive if the court temporarily suspends your license. When you cooperate with the court, you give a judge and jury a chance to assess your character.
You have every right to give a court a character profile to work off of when the court moves to assess your behavior. There are instances in which this display of character can make instances of police bias or other inappropriate behavior starker by comparison.
Contact DWI Tom Today
If you’re contending with a DWI charge, you need to work with an attorney who knows what kind of impact an unchallenged charge can have on your future. Experienced DWI attorneys in Middletown understand how stressful these charges can be but also know how to help you build a defense against them.
DWI Tom ranks 10/10 with Super-lawyers and AVVO. Tom and his team have substantial experience helping in-need clients challenge their DWI charges. You can reach out to DWI Tom on your own or on behalf of an imperiled loved one to discuss the representation you need in New York’s criminal courts. Contact the team online or over the phone today.