DWI Defense Strategies
Jackson Bergman, Llp Understands What It Takes to Fight DWI Accusations
If you have been charged with criminal drinking and driving in the greater Binghamton and Ithaca NY region, it is imperative to hire a criminal defense firm to help minimize the impact this devastating charge can have on your life.
New York State is known for having the toughest DWI laws in the country. Not only does NY penalize drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08% or higher, the state also penalizes drivers with a BAC at or higher than .05%, also known as a DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired). When a driver gets to a point of having a BAC of .17% or higher, they may be charged with an aggravated DWI. Regardless of what your BAC was at the time of your arrest, a legal team who understands how New York State prosecutes those accused of DWI can be paramount in protecting your rights. Our DWI lawyers in Binghamton are committed to working with you to create a positive outcome that allows you to move forward with your life.
DWI/DUI Convictions Carry Serious, Life-changing Consequences
An arrest for drunk driving in New York carries serious consequences. Those charged with DUI/DWI can face jail time, suspension or revocation of their driver’s license, fines that can feel unsurmountable, and mandatory alcohol screening along with educational courses. The state also now mandates vehicle interlock devices for certain DWI offenses that can prove embarrassing and inconvenient. Even if your BAC was only .05%, you can still be subject to many of the same consequences as higher BAC offenders. All of these consequences can lead to lingering issues that can impact your employment, raise your insurance rates, and affect your future career options.
Everyone Makes Mistakes & Everyone Deserves to Be Treated Fairly
Being charged with a DUI or DWI doesn’t necessarily mean you will be convicted and automatically lose your license. The state of New York must prove the criminal charges that have been made against you and the law entitles you to challenge the strength of the state’s case. Hiring our DWI/DUI attorneys can allow you to better defend your rights against a criminal charge of drinking while driving or drinking under the influence.
Our Skilled Criminal DUI/DWI Attorneys Provide a Proactive Defense
Contacting a legal representative early on is important when you are charged with a DUI/DWI or DWAI. Certain defenses need to be brought up promptly or you risk losing the right to assert those defenses. When you contact Jackson Bergman, LLP to defend you in your case, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re hiring an experienced DWI defense team that has worked on both sides of the law and understands what it takes to successfully defend your rights.
New York State has a “prompt suspension” law that makes it very likely your driver’s license will be suspended at your arraignment. Our attorneys can assist you in challenging this law to obtain conditional driving privileges that will help you continue to commute to your place of employment. In addition to aggressively defending your right to drive, our team can diligently defend you against a DUI/DWI conviction and protect you from the devastating results of such a conviction on your record. We do this by relentlessly reviewing the facts involved in your accusation and by formulating a plan to raise all applicable defenses during the course of your DWI/DUI case.
Did you Know?
Did you know Jackson Bergman attorney Thomas D. Jackson is a published author and has been featured in Thompson Reuters “Inside the Mind” series as an expert contributor? In the nationally recognized book, Mr. Jackson wrote a chapter on the latest thinking on progressive strategies in defending criminal DWI/DUI cases in New York State and brings to light methodologies and emerging trends that every criminal defense lawyer should be aware of.
What Are Your Chances of Beating a DUI/DWI in Broome County?
This is difficult to answer as every case is unique, but we can tell you your chances of beating a drunk driving accusation are very slim unless you hire an experienced DWI team to fight on your side. You are granted some leniency if it is your first offense. However, if you have been previously convicted of a DUI/DWI, it is especially important to seek legal advice from a law firm that is well-versed in the intricacies of a DWI/DUI defense strategy.
How We Defend Against DWI/DUI Accusations
Certain defense strategies and the circumstances surrounding your arrest may enable evidence to be suppressed in your case leading to the dismissal of the charges or a reduced charge that does not have the criminal consequences of a DWI/DUI conviction. Some of these defenses can include police not having probable cause, an improper arrest or testing procedure, bringing forth credible witnesses who attest to you being sober, and malfunctioning testing equipment. While not an exhaustive review, requesting a free case evaluation from our attorneys can help provide more insight into viable defense strategies we can utilize to prove your innocence or lessen your charge.
Reasons for Administering the Breath Test
If you were pulled over for a legitimate reason, then the police officer may ask if you have been drinking. If you deny this and they still want to perform a field sobriety test, then you may refuse to do so. Generally, the refusal of a field sobriety test will come with the request of the officer to give you a breath or chemical sobriety test. If you refuse these tests as well, then you can lose your license for at least one year.
To get your license back, you will have to go to a license suspension hearing and demonstrate several different things:
- You were stopped for an invalid reason
- There was no probable cause for the officer to request a chemical or breath test
- The breath or chemical test that was given had invalid results
- The reason why you refused to take the breath or chemical test was legitimate
- There was no probable cause for the officer to assume that you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving
Fighting the Chemical or Breath Test
To properly fight this test, an experienced legal representative who knows how the testing mechanisms operate is needed. There are several aspects that can be contested, including the way the test was administered, the mechanics of the testing mechanisms, or a medical condition of the driver that affected the test results.
These things could result in the court ruling that the results from the chemical or breath tests were inadmissible, which will throw the case out. There are strict protocols when it comes to taking breath or chemical tests. If these protocols aren't followed exactly, then it's likely that the DWI charge can be reduced or dismissed.
Contesting License Suspension
Being charged with a DWI means you will automatically have your driver's license suspended and you will have to go to a proceeding for it in court. At your administrative hearing, you will need to fight the suspension so you can get your driving privileges back. If you end up successful at this hearing, then you may also have your criminal case thrown out, but this is not guaranteed. If you do not fight the suspension at your administrative hearing, then you will lose your privilege to drive, even if you are found to be not guilty later on.
Continued DWI Defense Training & Education
Our DWI attorneys attend extensive seminars and training led by Charles James Rathburn, Jr., a DUI Defense Attorney and a court acknowledged expert on the standardized DMT breath testing machines. Our attorneys bring the breadth of knowledge gained from these intensive seminars to the courtroom to defend our clients against DUI/drunk driving charges.
You Have Nothing to Lose by Requesting a Free Case Review
DUI charges are not to be taken lightly in the State of New York. Our team of lawyers is highly experienced in representing drivers who are charged with drunk driving and we have an excellent track record of success in defending against such charges. While we can’t guarantee a similar outcome in every case, we can assure you that when you contact Jackson Bergman, LLP, you are taking a step towards a positive outcome for your case with the goal of allowing you to put this event behind you and move forward with your life.
Our Binghamton DWI lawyers are prepared to defend you against your charges. Contact us today to schedule a free assessment of your case.