Police traffic stops are always stressful, but if you are driving under the influence, these can be life-changing events. A DUI conviction can revoke your driving privileges, send you to jail and set you back thousands of dollars in fines.
If you want to mitigate the penalties and improve your chances for a positive outcome, then it is important to know how to behave during traffic stops. If police have charged you with driving under the influence, then it is critical that you start planning your defense as soon as possible.
New York DUI laws are particularly strict, but White Plains criminal lawyer Darren DeUrso knows how to fight these charges and find success in court. Mr. DeUrso has more than 25 years of experience defending the rights of clients.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law, call our office today at 914-772-8614. In the meantime, read on to find the answers to two common questions about New York DUIs:
- Do I Have to Submit to a Breathalyzer Test?
According to New York law, all drivers consent to alcohol and drug tests when they get behind the wheel. You can decline a breathalyzer test, but your license will be immediately suspended.
The positive side to this, however, is that the prosecution will not have this evidence to use against you in court. You may choose to decline the breathalyzer, as well as other roadside sobriety tests, by stating that you are uncomfortable taking any tests or answering questions without an attorney present.
Although there are plenty of urban myths circulating the Internet, there is no way to “trick” a breathalyzer. If you consent to a test and the device is correctly calibrated, then it will probably have an accurate reading – no matter what you do to fool its measurements.
- How Many Drinks Can I Have Before I’m Not Legally Allowed to Drive?
This is always a difficult question to answer because each person’s body is different. While some individuals may be able to have a few beers before getting behind the wheel, others may be over the legal BAC of 0.08 after only one drink.
Additionally, “feeling sober” is not an accurate gauge of whether or not you can legally drive. Everyone reacts differently to alcohol, and some people may feel ok to drive even when their BAC is over the legal limit.
Instead of taking the risk, it is always best to appoint a designated driver. If this is not possible, then you should consider using public transportation, calling a taxi or staying in a hotel.
Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law understands that honest people make mistakes. This is why he approaches each DUI case as if his own freedoms are at stake.
A DUI conviction can severely compromise your personal and financial freedoms. To start planning your defense, call White Plains criminal attorney Darren DeUrso today at 914-772-8614.