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DWI charges are devastating. You deserve a lawyer who can quickly and effectively resolve your DWI charges in the best possible manner.
Attorney Chris Brown has immense experience in both prosecuting and defending DWI allegations and his results speak for themselves with 5 Star Ratings time and time again.
Attorney Christopher Brown is ranked in National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 and Best Trial Lawyers 40 under 40.
Our firm is premised on achieving the best results for each client and providing the best experience possible. We understand the issues that you are facing now and the issues that you will be facing down the road.
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Chris Brown has been involved in these types of cases for the majority of his career. He has litigated DWI cases through hearings and trial as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. DWI laws are always changing, becoming more punitive in both criminal law aspects and in regards to your license.
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We understand the complexities that each alcohol or drug related case entails. It is important for an attorney to recognize the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case and to expose those issues in order to get you a better plea offer or more effectively fight your case through hearings and trial when necessary.
We understand that driving can often be essential to your job, your family, and your ability to function in day-to-day life. We know the law in this field and, as your advocate, will do everything in our power to make sure all your rights are protected.
Begin planning your defense during a free consultation with Attorney Chris Brown. Call Chris today at (607) 988-3131 to start your DWI defense.
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DWI convictions in New York carry harsh penalties. Here at Chris Brown Law, we utilize every defense possible to achieve the best outcome for you case.
Attorney Chris Brown will go to bat for you and personally work with the Assistant District Attorney and Judge to negotiate the best plea possible.
Every driver has the right to due process and right to be heard in Court. Attorney Chris Brown has successfully handled hundreds of DWI cases.
New York State DWI Law
New York law denotes drunk driving charges as driving while intoxicated or “DWI”.
The law largely defines impairment as having a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher. For those younger than 21 years old, any amount of alcohol in one’s system would constitute driving after consuming by a person under 21, an implied consent offense similar to impaired driving.
Typically, law enforcement officers will conduct field sobriety tests at the time the vehicle is pulled over to determine if the driver is impaired. Therefore, the best way to avoid DWI detection is not to avoid drinking and driving altogether. If you are unsure or even unfamiliar with DWI Laws and how they can affect your ability to drive, please check out this DWI Breathtest Calculator.
Once an Officer detects that you may be Driving While Intoxicated, he will ask you out of the vehicle and ask you to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. These tests can vary, but often examine motor skills, attention and focus. Many times officers will ask a driver to participate in a breath test, or even a urine sample, once arrested. Refusal of the Breath or Blood Test can result in the immediate loss of licensure for a period of time.
Unfortunately, the system is set up in such a way that it can be very difficult to pass, and refusal to comply with the tests most often results in loss of licensure and/or arrest. Despite this, these tests are very subjective. As such, it is possible to dispute the results with the help of a skilled attorney with the knowledge of local DWI law. If you or someone you love has been arrested for DWI contact Chris Brown as soon as possible to start building your case and save your license.
Penalties For Drunk Driving Charges and DWI Conviction
The consequences of a DWI conviction in New York can be severe and long-lasting. Even first time offenders can face strict penalties. The law allows a range of punishment for a DWI offense, including:
- Loss of driving privileges.
- Installation of an ignition interlock system on your vehicle.
- Vehicle seizure.
- Jail time.
In addition, many people charged with a DWI also experience employment, school, military, and other life-long consequences. Social embarrassment also plays a role for many of those facing drunk driving charges. However, not every DWI case will result in these severe outcomes. Our skilled attorneys can help you evaluate your situation and determine how to proceed. We can decide on viable legal options that can minimize these negative outcomes to help you protect yourself and your livelihood.
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A skilled lawyer can help DWI clients fight their charge and achieve the best possible outcome for each unique case. A DWI Lawyer can and will minimize the consequences of your arrest. Chris will work hard to address each case with a personalized and creative approach. We can offer guidance and dispute the charges on your behalf, including addressing:
Field Sobriety Tests
As previously mentioned, the field sobriety tests can be subjective. Many of the different aspects of the tests can be disputed in court. Our legal team will work to examine your field tests and determine how best to approach them.
If you have any interest in examining the Field Sobriety Tests, follow this link to the National Highways Safety and Traffic Board’s DWI Detection Refresher Course.
Level of DWI Charge and Sentencing
DWI charges in the state are rated from Aggravated Level 1 to Level 5, with Aggravated Level 1 being the most serious charge. The details of the arrest and the consideration of aggravating and mitigating factors can play a role in the determination of the severity of the DWI. These factors can include gross impairment, reckless driving, and excessive speed. Mitigating factors would have an opposite effect. A prior safe driving record, slight impairment, and complying with previous court orders could be mitigating factors.
Driving Privileges and License Suspension After DWI
State law often dictates an immediate suspension of one’s driver’s license under the Prompt Suspension Law. The time frame for reinstatement can vary, depending on a number of factors.
Refusing the DWI Breath Test in New York State
In New York State, refusing the breath test will almost always land you a 1 year suspension of your driver’s license, and that’s even for first time offenders. While this questions is complicated it all depends on the circumstances of your arrest. Read more about DWI Refusal Here.