Long Island DWI/DUI Attorney: Maxwell J Glass, Esq
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Experienced Long Island DUI Law Firm
There may actually come a time when you will need the services of a Long Island DWI attorney for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) case. When you see those flashing lights in your rear view mirror, it may be a cause for concern. If you have to take a sobriety tests and you fear that you may not pass, you will have to quickly determine who you will call to get you out of this mess.
There is a lot that can result from your being pulled over after having one too many alcoholic beverages. Imagine not being able to drive for an extended amount of time, expensive fines, higher insurance, and in some cases, jail time. Now ask yourself if you can afford to have a DUI on your record. This can affect your relationship with your family and employer. Most would agree that after considering the repercussions of a DUI or DWI that it would certainly be in their best interest to have a reputable and reliable Long Island DWI Lawyer to represent them.
Without a good DUI attorney to represent you, you could face some stiff penalties that could follow you for the rest of your life. You may not know your rights but you can be sure that we do. With us by your side, you’ll receive the best outcome possible for your Long Island, NY DUI or DWI case.
When you have been charged with a DUI in Long Island, Nassau County or Suffolk County, we urge you to get in contact Maxwell Glass, Esq. right away for your FREE legal consultation. You should be able to make well-informed decisions and this is possible with us on your side. We want you to know your rights and will lay it all out for you when you turn to us for legal representation.
Know How to Plead
If your first thought is to please guilty, think again. You do not want a DUI arrest on your record. We’re here to make sure you win your case and make sure that the affects do not remain with you for the rest of your life. People make mistakes every day but sometimes, without the proper legal representation, they are left to deal with this mistake the rest of their lives. This doesn’t have to be your. At The Glass Group, we offer a strong and effective defense for our clients so that your case ends with an acquittal, dismissal or some other favorable outcome.
Maxwell Glass, Esq. is familiar with the many DUI defenses that can be used for a favorable outcome. You may have been improperly stopped, which means that there was no reason for your being pulled over, or the officer may not have followed the proper procedures for administering a breath test, or, you were not actually intoxicated. Some police officers will simply indicate that the driver had blood shot eyes, which could be caused by a variety of different reasons, not just someone who has been drinking. These are only some of the defenses that can be used in your case. There are more that you may not be aware of. One thing is for certain, with our team taking on your case, you can be sure that your case will be carefully studied and that the best defense will be presented on your behalf.
Drunk Driving Offenses in Long Island
Anyone who is stopped and arrested for a DUI will go through criminal proceedings and administrative proceedings. Motorists are brought up on charges in court. At this time the court will determine if there is enough evidence to charge a motorist with DWI. It is the Department of Motor Vehicles that will bring forth administrative proceedings. They will decide if you will be able to keep your license or if it will be revoked or suspended.
DUI cases carry different penalties depending on the category that your offense falls under. The charges may be classified as criminal misdemeanor, felony, or a traffic infraction. The primary difference in a felony and a misdemeanor is how a person can be incarcerated for. A motorist could face up to one year of county jail time if convicted of a misdemeanor and a year or more in state prison if convicted of a felony.
Here are the penalties that a first-time DWI offender in New York may face (previous convictions will affect the outcome):
A blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher carries a charge of a misdemeanor
6 month suspension of license
A fine $500-$1,000
Probation for up to 3 years
Up to 1 year in jail (county)
Here are the penalties that a first-time DWAI (Drinking While Ability Impaired) offender in New York may face. This is a non-criminal traffic infraction but it still comes with penalties if your blood level concentration if between 0.05% and 0.07%.
Up to 15 days in jail (county)
A fine up to $500
90 day minimum license suspension
A Misdemeanor Aggravated DWI first time offender who’s blood level concentration is offender is twice the legal limit at 0.18% or higher in New York may face the following penalties.
- Probation of 3 years
A fine of up to $2500
Up to 1 year in jail
1 year of your drivers license revoked
A Felony DWI is the highest level of a DWI crime committed in New York. A motorist can be charged of a felony DWI if they have a previous aggravated DWI conviction within the past 10 years (this could also include out of state convictions). This charge can also be incurred when there is a child 15 years of age or younger in the vehicle when stopped. Here are the penalties a Felony DWI defendant may face:
A fine of up to $5000
Up to 4 years in prison (State)
Up to 5 years probation
Interlock Ignition device installed in vehicle
1 year of your drivers license revoked
When a motorist arrives to the police station they are asked to provide a blood, urine, or breath sample so that the amount of alcohol in their system can be properly determined. Even though the motorist has the right to refuse, it’s important that you know how this can impact their ability to drive. In many cases, your drivers licensed can be revoked for a minimum of one year if you refuse their request.
When you refuse to take a chemical test, the Department of Motor Vehicles schedules what is known as a ‘Refusal Hearing’ within 15 days of your arraignment. At this time, the administrative judge will decide if the arresting officer had grounds for asking you to take a breath test.
If this applies to you, rest assured that Maxwell Glass, Esq. would be right by your side during the hearing. This is your chance to see him go to work on your behalf by cross-examining the arresting officer. The best part about this hearing is that the officer doesn’t have anyone there who will be able to object to the line of questioning that is imposed upon them. In some cases, the arresting officer doesn’t show up, which is definitely a win for our client.
Effective DUI Defense
You may be wondering just how we are able to defend our clients and receive a favorable outcome. Our DUI lawyer, Maxwell Glass, takes the necessary time to thoroughly evaluate every facet of your case so that he is able to build a strong defense that gets the desired results. There will be a prosecutor who will make claims that point to the fact that you were driving while drunk. They may mention an odor of alcohol coming from your vehicle, you’re appearing to be drunk, or present the results of your field sobriety tests. Regardless of what they bring against you, our defense team will be able to successfully defend you.
Here are some of the defenses that we successfully use on behalf of our clients at The Glass Group:
Let Maxwell Glass, Esq. give you piece of mind by allowing him to best possible outcome for your DWI/DUI case in New York.