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Colonie DWI Attorneys

Colonie DWI Attorneys

What is DWI?

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), also known as driving under the influence or DUI in some states, is a criminal offense that is taken very seriously by police officers, prosecutors, and judges.

Because DWI is such a serious crime, those who enforce the law can get overzealous in their duties. This may occur in the form of a police officer who falsely accuses someone of this offense or a judge who pins a severe sentence on a first-time offender. If you’ve been accused of driving while intoxicated, you may be feeling hopeless about your situation.

Regardless of the details of your case, E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy can help. We understand the severity of these accusations and are prepared to do whatever we can to protect your rights and argue for your freedom. We will not allow you to be pushed around and will fight for the fair treatment that you are entitled to.

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Types of New York DWI Charges

Every state has different laws that govern how cases are handled when a person allegedly drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the state of New York, there are multiple types of DWI offenses under the law.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the most basic type of impaired driving charge in the state. A person could be charged with DWI if they were found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher. A charge may be classified as aggravated DWI if the driver had a BAC of 0.18% or higher or was driving under the influence with a person who was 15 years old or younger in their car.

An impaired driving offense may also be categorized as driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Essentially, DWAI charges may be applied to any instance in which somebody was driving under the influence. DWAI may be classified as alcohol DWAI, drug DWAI, or combination DWAI (combination DWAI charges account for situations in which a driver was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs).

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  • If I hire an attorney but do not want to go to trial, can I settle?
    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
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  • If arrested, what steps can I take on my behalf?

    1. Do not discuss your situation with anyone except your attorney.

    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
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  • What is the difference between criminal procedure and civil procedure?
    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
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