Getting arrested for driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs is a frightening experience. You may be anxious to get it over with by just pleading guilty, paying the fine, and attending any required traffic school or mandatory drug and alcohol counseling.
Do you really need a lawyer if this is what you plan to do? Here’s what you should know about pleading guilty to a DWI and obtaining adequate legal support.
Think Again About Admitting Guilt
Many people charged with a DWI think that they have no other choice besides pleading guilty because the police caught them red-handed, so to speak. If you are considering pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge, you’re not alone. However, even if you were intoxicated at the time of your arrest, this does not necessarily mean that the evidence collected against you will stand in a court of law.
Some evidence in your case may be dissmissable, like:
- The results of a breathalyzer test. Police officers must adhere to strict protocol when administering breath or chemical testing to determine whether or not a suspect is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If they do not do so, the results of these tests may be flawed.
- What the officer saw and heard. The officers own observations of you having poor balance or slurred speech, for example, may be explained by a medical condition that you have or a medication that you take. If you can show medical records that indicate this, the officer’s testimony against you may be disregarded.
- Anything found during an illegitimate traffic stop. Law enforcement officers May only stop vehicles when they have reasonable cause to believe that the driver of that vehicle has or is committing a crime. If your attorney can show that the officer did not have cause to stop your vehicle, anything that was discovered during the stop cannot be held against you, even if it was illegal.
Get Legal Support After a Drunk Driving Arrest Now
If you were pulled over on the suspicion of drinking and driving, you may have much better options than pleading guilty. It’s important that you have an experienced DWI defense attorney to assist you.
Contact Attorney Mark Cossuto today to learn more about how a defense lawyer can help you after being arrested for a DWI in New York. Call now at (718) 852-8047 or toll-free at (800) 609-4545.