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If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New York, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Schalk, Ciaccio, and Kahn, as soon as possible. Our DWI defense team can ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the entire pendency of your case. We will offer sound legal guidance from our years of experience with regard to the penalties you could be facing and what you can expect from court proceedings.

Chemical Tests
New York has an implied consent law. This means that all drivers on New York roadways are presumed to have already given their permission for chemical testing if they are pulled over. The police officer may ask you to take a breath, blood, or urine chemical test to establish your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you refuse to take a chemical test, you’ll face penalties such as the immediate revocation of your driving privilege for one year. The question of whether or not a person charged with DWI should refuse or consent to the breath, breath, or urine test is unique to each individual case. If you are charged with DWI or DWAI (by drugs) you are entitled to request to speak to an attorney before making that decision. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 516-858-1266 and will be ready to assist anyone who calls under these circumstances.

Driving Privileges
After being pulled over for DWI, your attorney can advise you with regard to having your driving privileges reinstated. You may be eligible to obtain a conditional license, or temporary driver’s license, after having your license suspended. Although the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will determine whether you can receive a conditional license, a judge may decide to stop you from applying for this type of license, depending on the circumstances of your arrest.

Conviction Penalties
It is extremely important to understand the penalties one faces when charged with DWI or DWAI. The DWI lawyers at Schalk, Ciaccio, and Kahn are former prosecutors and nationally recognized DWI defense attorneys and we will help you understand the potential penalties you’re facing. A conviction can lead to a criminal record, probation, jail, fines, license revocation and the requirement you install an ignition interlock in your car. As you can see it is vital that a person protects their rights and future by contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately upon being charged.

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