What To Do After A DWI

Being arrested for driving under the influence is a frightening experience. One minute you are on your way home, and the next your life feels like it has been turned upside down as you are being arrested and taken to the police station.

Driving while intoxicated is an extremely common charge in Syracuse and the surrounding areas of New York. If you were arrested for drunk driving, you are not alone. While there are ways to challenge DWI charges, how you handle the immediate aftermath of your arrest can have a major impact on what happens next.

Call An Attorney

While it may sound like a cliché, it is true: The best way to protect yourself after being arrested for DWI/DUI is to call a lawyer. Why? Because a lawyer — especially an experienced lawyer — knows how to protect your rights.

I am attorney George F. Hildebrandt, and have more than 30 years of experience protecting people who have been accused of a crime in the Syracuse area. If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol, call my office at 315-350-3980. I can advise you on what needs to be done to fight the charges and to protect your license.

What Is At Stake?

Because DWI charges are so common, it may not seem that important to have a lawyer with particular experience in defending DWI cases on your side. Many people turn to the same lawyer who handled the purchase of their house or drafted their will. A drunk driving conviction, however, can lead to serious consequences that can have far-reaching impacts on your life.

For example, being arrested for DWI will lead to significant restrictions on your license. If you are found guilty, your license will be revoked for at least six months. Further, you will have to install an ignition interlock device in every car you own, and you will not be able to drive a car without one installed for at least the next year. If your job involves driving, you may be at risk of getting fired.

Also, having an alcohol-related driving conviction has consequences that can affect you for years to come. Getting subsequent convictions, even years in the future, can result in felony charges, prison terms, disqualification from getting a restricted license and even permanent revocation of your driving privileges, preventing you from ever driving lawfully again.

As your attorney, I will get started right away on fighting the charges, so you can carry on with your life.

Learn More In An Initial Consultation

The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can get started on your defense and work to avoid or minimize any time you will be without driving privileges. Please call my office at 315-350-3980 or 866-929-3285, or send me an email, to arrange a time to discuss your case.