SUFFOLK COUNTY DWI LAWYER
Suffolk County Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) lawyer
For Criminal Defense Representation for DWI charges in Suffolk County and Nassau County, Call Attorney Shawn Kassman at 631-232-9479. We are a DWI lawyer Suffolk County law firm! Suffolk County DWI Lawyer located at 110 Carleton Avenue Central Islip, NY 11722 close to the local Suffolk County Court Buildings.
We are a DWI Suffolk County Driving While Intoxicated Lawyer/Attorney Firm. If you have been arrested or charged with a DWI, driving while intoxicated in Suffolk County, New York we can help you! If you are charged with DWI, in Suffolk County and Nassau County the consequences can be very serious. You can have a criminal record for the rest of your life. When you are arrested for a DWI there are varying consequences you may have to pay a fine, you may be put put on probation or incarcerated or a combination thereof. The outcome of a DWI case when one is charged with a DWI in Suffolk and Nassau County varies on a case-by-case basis. If an individual is charged with a DWI and not involved in an accident and the breathalyzer results are between .08 and .12 one can expect the charges to be reduced from a DWI which is a misdemeanor to a noncriminal offense. If there is an accident and one has a low reading then there is a possibility of jail time and a criminal conviction if there are injuries to a pedestrian. An individual that is charged with a second DWI in Suffolk County within 10 years after pleading guilty to a DWI will be charged with a felony DWI. We are a DWI Lawyer that regularly appears in Suffolk County courts and throughout Long Island.
If you are charged with a DWI in Suffolk County or Nassau County you need to be represented by a criminal defense Lawyer. You cannot represent yourself in these type of charges. The charges range from a felony to a misdemeanor depending upon the circumstances. We are a Suffolk County DWI lawyer that represents individuals in Suffolk County and Nassau County that are charged with DWI. If you are charged with DWI your license is immediately suspended. Depending upon the circumstances you may be able to get a license that is limited in use. Contact The Law Office of Shawn Kassman, We Are a DWI Lawyer Located in Suffolk County.
There are several categories of possible charges when you are pulled over for drinking and driving a motor vehicle:
1) Driving While Impaired -(a violation) an individual that is charged with this crime in Suffolk and Nassau County is a violation when it is the person’s first time being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and the breathalyzer test results fall below .08, oftentimes one who is charged with this crime will have to do community service and the charges to be reduced to a speeding charge called 1180a – called imprudent speed which carries 3 points.
2) Driving While Intoxicated DWI- (a misdemeanor) Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.
no person shall operate a motor vehicle while such person has .08 of one per centum or more by weight of alcohol in the person’s blood as shown by chemical analysis of such person’s blood, breath, urine or saliva, made pursuant to the provisions of section 1194 of VTL vehicle and traffic law.
One is charged with a DWI a misdemeanor crime in Suffolk County when the breathalyzer results are greater than .08. If the breathalyzer results are between .08 and .12 and there is no accident oftentimes one will have to be evaluated to see if the individual has a drinking problem by an oasis certified counselor. Depending on the evaluation as well as other criteria the District Attorney’s Office would use that information to come up with a plea bargain offer if one at all. Additionally the person will have to pay a fine and the license will be suspended for a period of time. When the individual is first arrested the person’s license is suspended if the individual takes the breathalyzer-the person is entitled to a hardship license. For the hardship license the person has to show to the court that it is a financial hardship to be without a license. The judge has the power to grant the individual a hardship license which will lead the person drive to and from work only upon certain hours granted by the court. There is a hearing that is conducted within a a few days after the person is arrested. The person has to testify that they cannot afford a taxi, that there is no alternative transportation such as a bus, train. Additionally the person has to bring documentation from their employer that shows where they worked oftentimes this is either a letter from the employer or pay stubs. After 30 days from the arrest the person will be entitled to a conditional license from motor vehicle which entitles the individual to greater driving privileges than the hardship license.
Driving While Intoxicated – Charges
An individual is also charged with A DWI in Suffolk County if the person refuses the breathalyzer test. The individual’s license is immediately suspended and a hearing is conducted at the Department of Motor Vehicle to attempt to get that person’s license restored. The district attorney’s position is not to negotiate when an individual refuses to breathalyzer. Oftentimes the person will have to plead guilty to driving while intoxicated and be put on probation for 3 years.
3) Driving While Intoxicated – a felony – this occurs when an individual is charged with driving while intoxicated for a 2nd time within 10 years. Depending upon how many times an individual has been charged with driving while intoxicated depends upon the results. If the person is going to be serving time in jail for a felony driving while intoxicated there are trailers in Yaphank that are specifically meant to help the individual that is facing these charges. Typically when an individual pleads guilty to this charge they are put on probation for 5 years.
*All of these charges vary depending upon if there is an accident. If an individual is involved with an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs they are often looking at jail time. For individuals charged with driving under the influence, what they are charged with often depends upon if the person subjected themselves to a blood test.
If you would like to discuss your DWI or criminal matter, please Contact an Experienced Suffolk County Lawyer Shawn Kassman or a member of his legal team at 631-232-9479 (toll-free 888-545-2944) or fill out our online intake form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and represent clients located in Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location), Bayshore, Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson and Riverhead and both Suffolk and Nassau counties.