Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP
DWI Defense Lawyers in White Plains, NY
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in New York and is treated severely under the laws. Driving While Intoxicated or DWI is an alcohol related criminal offense and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (DWAI Drugs) is a drug related criminal offense.
The DWI defense attorneys of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP are located just up the street from the White Plains criminal courts and regularly appear there to defend individuals who have been arrested and charged with DWI or DWAI. Since every DWI case is different, our DWI lawyers understand that each client deserves individual attention so that their specific needs and concerns can be addressed throughout their defense. Additionally, as authors of National Bestselling books on criminal and DUI defense, our legal guidance can be trusted.
Challenges for DWI Cases
Let's be honest, being arrested and charged with DWI in White Plains, NY poses a number of considerable challenges. To make matter worse, the penalties for DWI in New York are tough and will change depending on a number of factors.
Some of the factors that will affect your White Plains DWI case include:
- Whether your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was over twice the 0.08% limit
- If you were underage (under 21) when arrested for DWI
- Plea bargain offers and strategy
- Overlapping jurisdiction of the criminal courts and your state's department of motor vehicles to suspend or revoke your license
- Whether you are eligible for a hardship license and conditional license which will allow you to drive to and from work/school
- Whether you were involved in an accident when arrested for DWI
- Whether there was a child in the vehicle at the time of the arrest (New York's Leandra's Law)
DWI defense attorneys Andrew Proto and David Sachs have been protecting the interests of people in White Plains courts for decades and pride themselves as being aggressive advocates on behalf of their clients. All initial consultations are free and flexible appointments are available. Contact us today!
Important – You will need a White Plains DWI lawyer if:
- This is your first DWI arrest in White Plains, NY.
- You have been arrested for misdemeanor or felony DWI or DWAI Drugs.
- This is your second DWI arrest (in New York or another state).
- Your BAC limit is more than twice the legal limit (known as Aggravated DWI).
- There was an accident involving property damage, personal injury or death at the time of your DWI arrest.
- You are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
- You are or plan to be employed in a profession where bonding/licensing is required. In these circumstances, any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license.
Knowing the DWI Laws & Procedures in White Plains, NY
Often when we are contacted by people charged with DWI, they often want to find out more about the series of tests that the police performed on them along the side of the road. These series of short tests, called field sobriety tests are used by the police to determine whether or not someone's ability to drive is impaired or intoxicated.
Drivers are typically asked to perform one of the following actions:
- Track the movement of a pen with their eyes
- Recite the alphabet
- Touch their nose with the tip of their finger
- Walk in a straight line heal to toe
Failing even one of these tests can lead a police officer to believe that you are intoxicated or impaired.
After this preliminary determination of sobriety, a driver may be subjected to a Breathalyzer test on the scene or later at the police station. The Breathalyzer will determine the percentage of alcohol or BAC in the driver's system. In New York, any person over the age of 21 with a BAC of .08% or higher may be charged with DWI. It's important to note that underage drivers (under 21 years of age) are prohibited from having any amount of alcohol in their system under New York's zero tolerance policy.
In White Plains and in Westchester County, NY, the penalties of drunk driving may include jail, years of probation, fines and surcharges, a license suspension/revocation, an installation of an interlock ignition device (IID), drug or alcohol screening and treatment, and certified completion of the MADD class and DDP programs with the DMV.
Hiring a Proven White Plains DWI Defense Lawyer Matters
Our White Plains DWI lawyers can represent your case in White Plains Criminal Court. The court is located at 77 S. Lexington Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. The phone number of the city courthouse is (914) 824-5675.
Contact Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP and have an experienced White Plains DWI defense attorney protect your rights. Call us at (914) 840-5104 for an immediate free consultation.