For many of us, the Fourth of July means gathering with friends and family for backyard barbecues, block parties and other get-togethers. This is especially true as we emerge from the shadow of COVID. If you were like many other American adults, you partook of a few alcoholic beverages in addition to the mounds of food. With that in mind, you should be informed that no matter what day of the year it is, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never legal. Unfortunately, you or a loved one may have already made that mistake. For more information on the consequences of a Fourth of July DUI in New York, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Nassau County DUI lawyer today.
What happens when you get a DUI on the Fourth of July in New York?
The State of New York hosted some of the most crucial moments of our nation’s fight for independence and its subsequent founding. Be that as it may, the criminal justice system in the United States is maintained by overworked, overburdened and underfunded police officers and prosecutors. It is in light of that fact that prosecutors in the Empire State will punish those accused of drunk or impaired driving to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of the date of the alleged criminal offense. Penalties for a first-time DUI conviction are as follows:
- Up to one year in jail
- A minimum license revocation of six months
- A maximum fine of $1,000 by the court
- Separate and additional fines by the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Participation in the Drunk Driving Program (DDP)
- Installation of an ignition interlock device upon restoration of your driving privileges
Regardless of your alleged level of intoxication, you should avail yourself of the services of a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney today.
What should you do about a Fourth of July DUI in New York?
Circumstances permitting, you should be proactive. You and your lawyer will need to collect and present compelling exculpatory and/or mitigating evidence in order to convince the prosecutor and/or judge to reduce or dismiss your charges. You and your lawyer can argue the case on factual grounds, i.e. contesting the test results, witness testimonies and other evidence, or on procedural grounds, i.e. asserting that law enforcement did not follow the Constitution as they pursued your case. You may even combine the two approaches, but either way, you will need strong evidence and a seasoned defense lawyer on your side. Do not wait to reach out to our highly competent firm.
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