Schedule Your Free Consultation    | 845-634-7701

Schedule Your Free Consultation

| 845-634-7701

PLEASE NOTE: To protect your safety in response to the threats of COVID-19, we are offering our clients and prospective clients the ability to meet with us in person, via telephone or through video conferencing. Please call our office to discuss your options

Arrested for DUI after the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone, but for some New Yorkers, the consequences of that day live on. Every year following the game, numerous individuals are stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. DUI charges, whether they come as a first offense or are one of many, can have significant consequences if one is convicted. As such, those who have recently found themselves facing DUI charges may wish to seek assistance fighting those charges as soon as possible.According to a recent report, police in New York stepped up their game on Super Bowl Sunday and had more officers out on patrol, specifically looking for drunk drivers. Why? It is one of the biggest drinking days of the year, beat out only by New Year's Eve. Last [...]

Arrested for DUI after the Super Bowl?2020-02-06T00:00:00+00:00

Mother of well-known actress faces DWI, related charges

The mother of a celebrity actress receives some unflattering media attention herself after being arrested for DWI while on Long Island. According to police, the woman was leaving the mall on a recent evening and rear-ended an SUV. She then allegedly intentionally left the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the driver of the SUV. The driver of the SUV followed her to her home while contracting police in the process.When police caught up with her, they found her in her driveway with the engine running. An officer at the scene reportedly smelled alcohol and noticed the woman's eyes were bloodshot. The officer also noted that she fell when she got out of her car.However, the woman says that the officer never gave her a certified test to [...]

Mother of well-known actress faces DWI, related charges2020-01-23T00:00:00+00:00

Breathalyzer tests are not always reliable

Motorists in New York who get pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving will probably be offered field sobriety tests and a portal breath test. If these tests show a need for further testing, the driver will be asked to submit to a supposedly more reliable test, often referred to by the brand name Breathalyzer, at a local police station.If the Breathalyzer shows a person has at least .08 blood alcohol content, or BAC, then he or she will likely face an arrest and drunk driving charges. Because most courts consider these tests reliable, the person may think that a conviction is a predetermined outcome.The problem is that recent investigative reporting by a major New York newspaper has confirmed what DUI defense attorneys have known for a long time. [...]

Breathalyzer tests are not always reliable2019-11-29T00:00:00+00:00

The cost of a drunk driving conviction are astronomical

This blog has discussed on previous occasions how even those accused of drunk driving for the first time face the possibility of imprisonment and will almost certainly have to deal with a license suspension. Additionally, even one DWI or DWAI can have a negative impact on a New Yorker's career, especially if he or she is a licensed professional or drives regularly as part of her job.What might get overlooked, though, is the huge financial cost of a drunk driving conviction. All in all, a person can expect to pay thousands of dollars, if not tens of thousands of dollars, over the course of several years after their conviction.Granted, some of these costs are associated with even just getting arrested for drunk driving. For instance, a person may have to [...]

The cost of a drunk driving conviction are astronomical2019-10-31T00:00:00+00:00

Drugged driving can still lead to a DWAI

Many people probably know that those who are under the influence of marijuana or other drugs can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as those who have consumed too much alcohol. For this reason, New York criminalizes drugged driving in a manner similar to the way it handles drunk driving.Specifically, a person caught with drugs in his or her system or some combination of drugs and alcohol in their system while driving could face charges of DWAI-Drug. In order to be convicted, the state will have to prove that the person accused was under the influence of a drug to the point where his driving was affected.On the other hand, the scary thing about the DWAI-Drug charge is that it does not just apply to illegal substances. One can [...]

Drugged driving can still lead to a DWAI2019-09-20T00:00:00+00:00

Powerful New York broker arrested on DWI charges

A real estate broker well-connected to the greater New York City area, who has recently faced other legal troubles, now is dealing with several charges related to drunk driving. One of his charges is a felony.The charges arose in connection with an injury accident. According to police, the man caused an accident that also involved a mother and her son, who was a toddler. The accident happened at an intersection, and the man struck the side of the mother's car with his pickup. Fortunately, the family's injuries have been described as minor.After the accident, police say that they administered tests to the man and determined that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. In addition to the felony DWI, he also is facing several [...]

Powerful New York broker arrested on DWI charges2019-07-26T00:00:00+00:00

Physicians should pay heed of first time DWIs

Even a DWI first offense can leave a New Yorker facing serious consequences. This is the case even when the person has never had a criminal conviction before. She may even be a well-respected professional, like a doctor who makes her living treating patients with different illnesses and injuries.Like many others, physicians and other medical may want to enjoy themselves over a few alcoholic drinks from time to time. If as a result they find themselves facing drunk driving charges, whether the charges are well-founded or not, they should strongly consider speaking with an attorney who has experience defending people charged with DWAIs and DWIs.After all, even when jail is not on the table, the license suspension and other penalties can still present a serious hardship for a physician. Furthermore, [...]

Physicians should pay heed of first time DWIs2019-07-12T00:00:00+00:00

A DWI can be career ending for commercial drivers

Many people in and around Rockland County, Orange County and Westchester County in the greater New York area drive for a living. In addition to long-haul truckers and mass transit drivers, many others must carry a commercial license in order to carry on their careers and earn a living.Not surprisingly, those who hold a commercial driver's license, or CDL, are subject to additional rules and regulations, some of which are, at least indirectly, established by the federal government. Along with these additional rules come extra penalties, including a system under which a person can lose his or her right to drive a vehicle for a living.In this respect, a New Yorker's conviction on drunk driving charges, even for a first-time offense in his or her personal vehicle, can have devastating [...]

A DWI can be career ending for commercial drivers2019-05-31T00:00:00+00:00

When is drunk driving a felony case?

As this blog has mentioned before, drunk driving in this state will almost always be treated as at least a criminal misdemeanor, even for a first-time offense. Under New York law, even misdemeanors can land a person in jail and can result in other significant penalties.However, New York authorities crack down even harder when a person has a prior history of drunk driving. By way of example, someone who picks up a second drunk driving allegation may face a felony charge. This charge can land her in prison for up to 4 years if she receives the maximum sentence following a conviction.In order to be charged with a felony, the second drunk driving incident has to occur within 10 years if the first incident. Likewise, someone who receives three convictions [...]

When is drunk driving a felony case?2019-05-17T00:00:00+00:00

License suspensions for drunk driving are serious

As people in New City, New York, and the surrounding communities probably know just from experience, drunk driving charges can lead to serious consequences.Even for a first-time offense with no special circumstances, they can theoretically land a person in jail, and a conviction will require mean a person has to devote time, and money, to probation and related requirements, such as alcohol counseling.One of the things residents of New York probably fear the most about a drunk driving conviction is the mandatory license suspension, as many people need to be able to drive in order to get to work, school or other important activities.Some might describe New York's license suspension scheme for alcohol-related offenses to be more severe than what one might find in other states. For instance, the basic [...]

License suspensions for drunk driving are serious2019-02-08T00:00:00+00:00
Go to Top