17 Oct New York’s Crackdowns on DWI
Just before the last 4th of July weekend, Governor Cuomo announced a huge crackdown on DWIs throughout New York. Checkpoints, DWI patrols and other efforts were in full swing, leading to hundreds of traffic stops. Because the state considered the whole operation a resounding success, we can expect future holidays to look a lot like that one – and if you’re ever stopped in a situation like that, holiday or not, there are three things you absolutely must do.
3 Things You Must Do if You’re Stopped for Drunk Driving
The consequences of a DWI conviction are devastating, ranging from prison time to the installation of an ignition interlock device. You could face fines, be forced to participate in counseling or go to rehab, or have to deal with losing the support of your loved ones.
1. The first thing you need to do if you’re stopped and accused of driving under the influence is to decide whether you should submit to a Breathalyzer test. There are pros and cons either way, and you need to know that you are not required to submit to it. You also have the right to talk to your lawyer by phone if you are at the police station and you’re deciding whether to accept the Breathalyzer test. (If you refuse the chemical test, your driver’s license can be suspended for one year, and you can be automatically fined $500.)
2. Once you’ve chosen to take or not take the Breathalyzer test, get in touch with a Brooklyn DWI lawyer who can protect your legal rights. The sooner you contact your lawyer, the better he’ll be able to prevent you from saying or doing something you shouldn’t. He’ll also evaluate your situation and ensure that police have not already violated your rights.
3. Don’t answer police’s questions. Instead, talk to your attorney. Be completely truthful with your attorney. He can’t protect your rights moving forward if he doesn’t know exactly what happened, so it’s best that you tell him everything. Perhaps the results of your Breathalyzer test were inaccurate, or maybe the whole thing is completely invalid.
No matter what, remember that you still have rights. If you feel that police have violated them, talk to your attorney; he might be able to prove that you’re right while he’s building your DWI defense strategy.