If you have been arrested for DWI in New York, especially if it is your first offense, it can be a scary and confusing situation. Unfortunately, a conviction can lead to serious consequences, such as jail time, fines, license suspension and a permanent criminal record that can negatively affect your professional reputation and community standing. It is imperative to take the correct steps right after your arrest to help you obtain the best results possible.
The following are several important steps you should take immediately after a DWI arrest:
- Take a chemical test – As soon as you are arrested, police will request you take a chemical test to determine your BAC. If you refuse to take the test, your license will be automatically suspended.
- Hire a criminal defense attorney – The best decision you’ll make for your DWI case is which lawyer will defend you in court. A DWI attorney understands the complexities of the legal system and what it takes to help you get the most favorable outcome. You want a lawyer who has years of experience and successful case results.
- Request a DMV hearing – After your arrest, you have a limited amount of time to make a formal request for a DMV hearing. This hearing will determine whether or not you are allowed to retain your driving privileges. If you fail to request a DMV hearing, your license will be automatically revoked. Keep in mind, this type of license suspension is separate from conviction penalties.
- Report to court – You are required to show up to your scheduled court dates. Failure to report to your court hearings can result in further legal issues.
At the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC, our Dutchess County criminal defense attorney can evaluate our case, figure out all of your available legal options, and develop a strong defense strategy to either get your case dismissed altogether or have your charges reduced. Do not hesitate to get skilled legal representation on your side immediately.