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The DWI Process Amid COVID-19 in Westchester County

DWI Representation During a Pandemic

Due to the national coronavirus health crisis procedures as to DWI arrests have changed in Westchester County, New York. It has been reported that, because of the New York Pause, DWI/DUI/OUI arrests are significantly down in Westchester County but still occur and there are hundreds of pending cases.

Unfortunately, due to court closures, many with pending DWI, DWAI, DUI and OUI cases are left in an uncertain state and have unanswered questions regarding their cases, court appearances and what to expect over the next few months especially considering that New York’s Pause is scheduled to continue until May 15, 2020.

If you have been charged with a DWI, DWAI, DUI or OUI in Westchester County, schedule a case review to discuss your defense options!

COVID-19 DUI Court Process

At Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP our attorney for DWI cases will answer questions about how to proceed during COVID-19 and what to expect. Including New York DWI laws, aggravated DWI, DWI felony and the difference between DWI as a felony and DWI as a misdemeanor.

Q. What should I do during the COVID-19 shutdown to help my DWI case?

A. Use this shutdown time wisely, if you have a case pending review the prosecution’s case, DWI laws, demand discovery, complete any necessary programs online or via skype/zoom, gather documents to assist in the defense and prepare motions to suppress evidence or dismiss the case. Once the New York DWI Courts fully reopen all of this work will pay off to help defend a DWI charge.

Q. I just got a DWI, but the New York Courts are closed due to COVID-19. How can a DWI lawyer near me help right now?

A. During COVID-19. a DWI lawyer can immediately prepare a defense and provide you with quick and accurate answers about defending the case. The DWI attorney can also contact the Court to make sure important dates and deadlines are not missed. The DWI attorney can also take advantage of the 2020 Criminal Justice Reform and demand discovery.

Q. What is Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP offering clients and potential clients to defend DWI Charges right now?

A. We are available for telephone conferences, skype/zoom meetings and by taking necessary precautions we can meet in person. We also keep all clients updated on the status of the case, court appearances, DMV changes and the scheduling of refusal hearings.

Q. During COVID-19 what do I need to know about my DWI conditions after conviction?

A. All of the post-conviction DWI conditions need to be satisfied. This includes a driver’s license suspension/revocations, IDP classes, MADD program, and court-ordered treatment. Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirements also remain in effect.

Q. What’s the difference between DWI and DUI?

A. DUI or Driving Under the Influence is a general term that encompasses other legal theories of an arrest such as Driving While Intoxicated (DWI by Alcohol), Driving While Ability Impaired (DWI by drug use), Aggravated DWI or Driving While Ability Impaired (Violation). This includes misdemeanors and felonies.

Q. Who are the DWI Attorneys at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP?

A. Andrew Proto and David Sachs are the lead DWI attorneys and both are published authors in DWI defense and general criminal defense. David and Andrew regularly appear in all courts throughout Westchester County and the surrounding counties. They are highly rated and awarded lawyers. The criminal practice includes DWI/OWI/DUI defense, drug possession/drug sale, domestic violence, assault, felony offenses, and white-collar crime.

Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP is a criminal defense and family law firm with offices in White Plains and Peekskill, NY. The firm offers a free initial consultation. Call (914) 946-4808.

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