Brooklyn and Queens Lawyers Who Care About Your Outcome

Drunk driving has become one of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in New York, and the punishment is much harsher than just a few years ago. Even a first-time DWI may trigger jail time, license suspension, burdensome ignition interlock, fines and other penalties. A repeat DWI or driving drunk with a child in the vehicle can be charged as a felony crime.

At the law firm of Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P., we understand that people arrested for drunk driving are often confronting the legal system for the first time. They are uncertain about the process and scared about how it will affect their future.

We are available 24/7 to answer all of your questions. We will be straightforward about all of your options and the potential consequences. We explore eligibility for diversionary programs while providing a vigorous defense to protect your rights and preserve your future. Contact us to learn how we can mount an aggressive attack into the prosecution’s allegations against you.

We Thoroughly Investigate and Fight DWI Charges

With the enhanced penalties and stronger enforcement, it is all the more important to hire experienced representation. When you consult with our Queens and Brooklyn DWI defense lawyers, you can count on them to listen, take the time to learn about your situation and how a DWI would affect your life, family and livelihood.

We strive to minimize and overcome the collateral consequences for a professional license, commercial driver’s license (CDL), immigration status, employment or other fallout. For every client, we meticulously investigate the case and assess the best options — whether that means working to get charges reduced, assessing diversionary options or aggressively litigating the case at trial.

  • Our attorneys review videos taken from the police vehicle, which may demonstrate errors in how field sobriety tests were administered or the subjectivity of the results.
  • We seek out independent analysis of breath tests, blood tests and other chemical test results, which may indicate discrepancy in the blood alcohol content (BAC) level of a driver when he or she was actually driving.
  • We analyze accuracy of testing machines to determine if the test produced a high BAC result due to improper calibration of the Breathalyzer or improper administration of the breath test.
We Fight for Your Driving Privileges
We also address the parallel administrative license suspension process. You have 10 days from the date of arrest to request a DMV hearing or your license will be suspended for six months or more. We will fight to get your suspension lifted during the pendency of your criminal case.

Aggressive DWI Defense Against the Harsh New Penalties

Under Leandra’s law, driving drunk with a child under the age of 16 on board is a felony offense punishable by up to four years in prison. The law also requires all persons convicted of DWI to install an ignition interlock device — on every car the family owns. The state has also instituted enhanced penalties for aggravated DWI (.18 or higher BAC) and shortened the look back for repeat offenses to five years. Civil forfeiture of vehicles or being made to wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet is also a real possibility for those convicted of DWI.

Our attorneys work to minimize our clients’ exposure to the different facets of DWI penalties. As experienced DWI defense attorneys, we understand the level of investigation that is necessary to determine the best way to move forward and produce the most favorable outcome for each case.

For first-time offenders, this could mean litigating the case to have charges dismissed or entering a diversionary program to avoid a criminal conviction. In other drunk driving cases, it may mean negotiating with the prosecutor for a lesser offense such as driving while ability impaired (DWAI) — an offense that results in a small fine and 90-day license suspension rather than the higher consequences for DWI. In some situations, a client may also benefit from this reduction in order to avoid a future felony DWI arrest. We are prepared and willing in each case to proceed to trial and argue on a client’s behalf.

Talk to Our Brooklyn and Queens Drunk Driving Arrest Lawyers

To schedule to discuss your arrest for DWI, DWAI or DWAI-drugs, contact our Brooklyn law firm online or call Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P., at 718-643-9333. For urgent situations, we can be reached 24 hours a day at 718-208-6094 or 917-309-3678.