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4 Ways You are Sabotaging Your DWI Case

Posted by Tilem & Associates, PC || 16-Nov-2016

If you have been charged with DWI, it is crucial that you read this blog so you don’t sabotage your DWI case. As always it is important to follow your attorney’s advice. In this blog, our White Plains DWI attorney outlines four things you should never do after your DWI arrest.

1. Drive While Your License is Suspended

When you are arrested for DWI in New York, your license may be suspended, pending prosecution, until a verdict is reached in your case. In addition, if you refuse the breath test your license may be revoked for one year. At various times you may qualify for and obtain either a hardship license or a conditional license. Until then it can be frustrating to have to find alternative routes to work or school, but doing so is a relatively minor inconvenience when compared to the possibility of new or additional charges, thousands of dollars in fines and increased jail sentences you could face for getting caught driving with a suspended license.

2. Post About Your DWI on Social Media

We understand your desire to want to vent about you DWI case or boast that you think you are going to get out of your DUI. Even if your posts are friends only, the prosecution can access them. If you need someone to talk to regarding your DWI, speak to your lawyer or clergy person. Those conversations will be kept strictly confidential. Keep the topic of your DWI arrest and case plans off Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

3. Miss Your DWI Court Date

Missing your DWI court date will mean a bench warrant could be out for your arrest. If you are arrested, you could spend the time between your arrest and your court date in jail. When a defendant approaches the court in this manner, the court might doubt your willingness to cooperate. In addition, one should dress appropriately for Court and be on time. It is important that you demonstrate that you are taking the case seriously and not show disrespect for the Court or the process.

4. Fail to Hire an Attorney

You have the right to represent yourself in your DWI case, but doing so may not be the best route to take. Between the court dates, DMV proceedings, learning traffic laws and other driving restrictions, representing yourself for your DWI can be overwhelming. It is not only important to get an attorney and to take his or her advice, but it is important to get the right attorney. A lawyer should have experience with DWI cases and be familiar with the specific case where your case is being heard. A skilled White Plains based DWI attorney will have the experience to know how to build a case around the evidence and circumstance of our arrest.

The last bit of advice is to take DWI cases seriously. Work with your attorney and make sure your attorney has all of the critical information. DWI cases are serious business and it is important to help your attorney to help you.

If you were arrested for DWI, contact Tilem & Associates, PC today.

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