Have you or a loved one been charged with a DUI or DWI in New York? A DUI/DWI is a serious charge. You may be fearful of losing your job or suffering other harsh penalties after being arrested for driving under the influence. You may feel like there’s nothing you can do but accept the harshest penalties under the law. That’s not true. An arrest is not a conviction – you are innocent until proven guilty.
Defending Your Rights After a DUI/DWI Charge
Attorney Gilbert C. Parris is experienced in all aspects of a DUI/DWI prosecution, including administrative hearings at the Department of Motor Vehicles in regard to suspension or revocation of a defendant’s driving privileges. We work with clients facing their first DWI/DUI charge, as well as repeat offenders, and vehicular assaults and homicide cases involving drinking and driving.
Understand Your DUI/DWI Rights
The first thing to know is you have a right to refuse a breathalyzer or blood alcohol test. If a police officer tells you that you may be arrested for refusing the test, that may be true – however, you can, and most likely will be charged whether or not you take the test – and you will be arrested after taking the test if you fail.
A DUI/DWI is a serious crime in New York, and for many, it will be the most serious criminal charge they will ever face. As you read this page you’ll understand the importance of hiring a highly skilled criminal defense attorney. The reality is there are many ways to successfully defend against a DWI charge. Just a few important questions can swing the case in your favor:
- Was there probable cause to stop you?
- Was the breathalyzer functioning properly?
- Was the officer properly trained in conducting roadside sobriety tests?
These are just a few questions that can change the outcome of your DUI/DWI case.
A DUI/DWI in New York involves more than just facing criminal charges. Your driver’s license will be suspended through the administrative process that is separate from the criminal proceedings. The sooner you take action, the better chances you’ll have of keeping your driving privileges. An experienced DUI/DWI attorney like Gilbert C. Parris can get you a temporary license and make sure you successfully navigate the administrative process.
DUI/DWI Car Forfeiture Defense
To the shock of many, being charged with a DUI/DWI in New York City can result in the police taking your car. To secure the return of your car, you may need to pay impound and towing fees. However, the city does not have to return your car just because you request it. Under the forfeiture laws, they can decide to keep it. If this happens to you, your only course of action is to fight the forfeiture action. If it’s a first time DWI charge, you should always be able to get your car back.
New York DUI/DWI Defense Attorney Gilbert C. Parris
Criminal defense lawyer Gilbert C. Parris has been practicing criminal law for over 20 years. He spent years on the other side working as a State Prosecutor in Kings County, NY. He leverages his unique experience on both sides of the courtroom to build strong defense strategies for every client.
Mr. Parris can help you or your loved one with all aspects of a DUI/DWI charge. He’ll aggressively defend against driver’s license suspensions, car forfeiture, and do everything possible to get a favorable outcome for your DUI/DWI case.