Criminal Defense of DWI in Yonkers- Westchester County, NY
As part of the Westchester County, NY recent crackdown on
DWAI related offenses, our client was charged with the crime of Driving While
Intoxicated in the Yonkers City Court. The offenses charged under New
York Vehicle and Traffic Law Sections 1192(2) and 1192(3) carried possible
penalties including jail, probation, high fines, a six month license suspension,
and the installation of an interlock device. Making the case more problematic
for the client was the fact that there was an accident involving a highway
divider and the District Attorney was seeking restitution or payment for
the damages caused.
From the outset, the Westchester District Attorney's Office sought
to have our client's driving privileges suspended. Under the law,
during the pendency of the case the court must suspend an individual's
driver's license. Fortunately, after a hearing in the Yonkers City
Court, the Judge determined that the client should have his privileges
to drive restored on a limited basis. This temporary license, commonly
referred to as a "Hardship License" is granted in cases where
it can be shown that an individual would suffer an extreme hardship, such
as loss of employment, the need for medical care or treatment, and incurring
substantial costs for alternative transportation. In this instance, the
client needed to drive in order to protect his employment.
After several court appearances and discussions with both the Court and
the Westchester District Attorney's Office, the prosecution was convinced
to reduce the charges from a misdemeanor and Driving While Ability Impaired
(DWAI), a violation and not a criminal offense. The resulting plea to
the violation of DWAI allowed our client to avoid a criminal conviction
and the severe penalties associated with DWI.
Call for a Free Consultation with a DWI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for DWI or DWAI, you need the assistance of an
experienced and skilled
criminal defense lawyer. Contact
Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP to speak with someone who can help protect your rights and license. Call
(914) 946-4808 for a Free Consultation.
With decades of experience serving the residents of Westchester, Putnam,
Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Bronx Counties, we are there to assist you.