I Got a DUI This Halloween. Should I Hire an Attorney?

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There are few things worse than being arrested and charged with a crime. Unfortunately, a DUI can result in significant, long-term consequences. If you received a DUI this Halloween, you’re most likely wondering about your options going forward. Please continue reading and speak with a seasoned Nassau County DUI lawyer from the Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman to learn more about the potential penalties you may face for these charges and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for a first-offense DUI in New York?

The penalties for a first-offense DUI in New York State will depend largely on the circumstances of your DUI, including your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest. That said, you can expect to face the following penalties, among others:

  • Anywhere between $500 and $1,000 in fines
  • A driver’s license suspension of at least six months
  • Enrollment in the IDP or MADD
  • Up to one year of incarceration

You should also note that once you’ve been convicted of a first-offense DUI, any subsequent DUI convictions will result in much harsher penalties, so it’s imperative that you retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney regardless of whether this is your first, second, or third DUI charge.

Can an attorney help me fight my Halloween DUI?

Yes. With an attorney in your corner, you stand a far greater chance of effectively combatting your DUI charge. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our legal team can use a wide range of potential defenses to mitigate the impact of your charges. Just some of the most common defenses against DUI charges are as follows:

  • The officer improperly calibrated the breathalyzer test
  • The breathalyzer itself was defective
  • You have GERD, which can potentially raise your BAC briefly after a belch
  • The officer improperly administered a field sobriety test

Of course, the specifics of your case will primarily influence the defense we use. Give us a call today so we can get started working on your case and fighting for the outcome you deserve and need to move on with your life.

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