Syracuse DUI/DWI Lawyer

In New York state, the laws regarding driving while intoxicated or DWI (also referred to as DUI or driving under the influence) are constantly changing and becoming increasingly more stringent. Having an attorney who keeps abreast of such changes when you've been charged with drunk driving can mean the difference between losing your license and being able to maintain your driving privileges.

You Need Experienced Representation When Facing Drunk Driving Charges

I am George F. Hildebrandt, Attorney at Law. At my practice in Syracuse, New York, I apply a tremendous amount of experience and hard work to resolving DWI/DUI cases for my clients. I have been practicing criminal defense, and handling alcohol-related charges for nearly three decades. During that time, I have acquired a stellar reputation and an excellent record of positive outcomes. My knowledge of state and federal drunk driving laws is both thorough and up-to-date.

Whether you are a college student at Syracuse University, Le Moyne or another area college or university, returning from a party, or a business person heading home after a few drinks with a colleague, you may rely on my knowledge and skills to help you achieve a positive outcome following a DWI, based on the facts of your case. You can use my online contact form to share those facts.

Effective Drunk Driving Defense

I have worked with numerous clients who face the possibility of losing their license following a drunk driving charge. While a DWI charge may seem routine when compared to some of the more serious charges I've handled, I approach a DWI/DUI case with the same level of seriousness as any other.

Through thorough preparation and personalized attention, I have been able to help individuals charged with DWI/DUI get their charges reduced or dismissed and avoid or minimize license suspension or revocation. Whether this is your first offense or you face felony DUI charges, I will work diligently to protect your rights.

Conditional or Restricted Licenses

Depending on the offense you are charged with, your previous driving record and other circumstances in your case, you may be eligible for a conditional or restricted license. Such licenses will allow you to drive on a limited basis — such as to and from work. New York state law makes this option available to certain DWI offenders, and the DMV will notify you if you are eligible. These licenses carry a number of specific restrictions, which I can help you understand — for example, a requirement that you install an ignition interlock device on your car.

Commercial Driver's License Holders

If you hold a commercial driver's license (CDL), there are additional consequences if you are charged with drunk driving, even on a first offense. Without effective legal representation, your license may be suspended or revoked entirely. And since your license is your livelihood, this means you will be unable to work for an extended period, and you may even lose your job. It is essential that you contact a highly qualified, experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss the charges and potential consequences you face. Don't trust your future to just any attorney.

I Can Help You Retain Your License

Many lawyers dabble in defending clients charged with drunk driving. They frequently lack the understanding to avoid or minimize the chances of losing your license. The court will often seek to suspend your license at your first appearance. If your case is pending for several months, this may result in the loss of your license for longer than you will lose it if convicted.

Also, if you refuse a Breathalyzer/breath test, you have an administrative hearing at the DMV where your license may be revoked for six months. Some attorneys believe that a suspended license or revocation in a DWI/DUI case is inevitable, and do not put much effort into defending against these repercussions. I have a proven record of successfully preventing these types of suspensions and revocations. They are critical areas that I address with each DWI/DUI case.

Take Action

I am prepared to fight to help you keep your commercial driver's license (CDL) or standard driver's license despite drinking and driving charges. Get the preparation, dedication, trial experience and personal attention you need in your driving under the influence case. Protect your criminal record and your reputation by choosing an exceptional attorney.

Contact George F. Hildebrandt, Attorney at Law, online today, or call 315-350-3980. I look forward to discussing your case with you.