Should i get an attorney for a dwi charge?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Tupper Lake, NY

I recently got a dwi, but I was at my house. I had 4 beers between 5-8 pm, drove approx. 20 miles, then got sucked into some snow and went off the road. I got a ride home. Later on a nys trooper and local officer showed up at my house, and proceeded to give me a sobriety test and breathalizer test in which i failed both. Then, took me to nys barracks and gave me my tickets.

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  1. Howard A. Schwartz

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    Answered . You should certainly have an attorney for DWI cases as the ramifications could be serious. You should not be posting facts about any criminal case on the internet as it will serve no useful purpose. I suggest consulting with a local criminal defense attorney and saving any conversation for a face to face meeting. If you are unable to afford counsel, it is possible the court will appoint one to represent you.

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  2. Joseph A Lo Piccolo

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    Answered . You need an attorney. There are many issues both positive and negative on this fact pattern.


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  3. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Of course. You want a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to handle a DWI case.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  4. Michael Steven Pollok

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    Answered . Yes I agree, you need an attorney and may be able to get the charges dismissed depending on the amount of time elapsed and what their proof of operation of the vehicle is. Do they have a civilian witness or is the trooper claiming he saw you operating the vehicle. The trooper is probably relying on incriminating statements you made to prove their case which is not enough legal evidence to convict you even if the statements are not suppressed.

  5. Jay K Goldberg

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    Answered . Yes, A good attorney should be able to help and may even get the charges dismisssed.

    I have been chosen by Superlawyers as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in NYC. I was a First Deputy Bureau... more
  6. Michael J Palumbo

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    Answered . They can never prove the case retain counsel and have it dismissed! And BTW, next time the police knock on your door, DON'T LET THEM IN! IT'S YOUR RIGHT!

  7. John Paul Thygerson

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    Answered . You absolutely need an attorney!

  8. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Absolutely get an attorney experienced in DWI cases it will help.

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  9. Anthony M Salerno

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    Answered . Short of you making a statement or providing a written account of your operation of the vehicle, ,you may have a valid defense. The time delay along with a number of other favorable factors in you case, suggest you contact an experienced DWI attorney

    Any and all responses to inquires forward to Attorney Anthony M. Salerno, by this service are offered as informal... more

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