Protecting Your License And Your Rights
While a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge was once treated as a relatively minor offense, it now has more severe consequences than ever before, even if you are a first-time offender with no other criminal record. When you are facing drunk driving charges, taking your chances with an inexperienced or low cost attorney can be a major risk.
Law Offices of Michael V. Cibella, LLC, a criminal defense law firm in New York City, we have over 15 years of experience in criminal law and will guide our clients through every step of the legal process, providing a zealous defense that protects their rights and helps them mitigate negative consequences.
Our attorneys are experienced in handling
- DWI (driving while intoxicated)
- Aggravated DWI
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- DWAI (driving while ability impaired by alcohol)
- DWAI (by drugs)
- Refusal of a Breathalyzer test
Severe Consequences Of Drunk Driving
If you are convicted of drunk driving, you will face severe DWI penalties, including:
- Revoked or suspended driver’s license
- Alcohol monitoring by an electronic bracelet
- Vehicle forfeiture
- Substantial fines and costs
- Potential jail or probation
- Major insurance rate increases
With the recent passage of Leandra’s Law,
all misdemeanor and felony DWI offenders in New York are required to install ignition interlock systems – typically adding hundreds of dollars in costs per month. You will also be charged with a felony if a person 15 or younger is inside your vehicle.
Penalties have also been increased if you are convicted of Aggravated DWI for having a blood alcohol content of .18% or higher.
Attentive Representation From A Manhattan Drunk Driving Lawyer
With more than 15 years of experience in criminal law, we analyze the circumstances of your arrest to determine whether the officer had probable cause to stop your vehicle. We will scrutinize the police paperwork for inconsistencies and mistakes and determine whether the officer followed proper procedure. We will also obtain video following your arrest to determine whether sobriety and blood alcohol tests were administered correctly and to see how you appeared shortly after your arrest.
Michael V. Cibella is a former prosecutor who understands both sides of a DWI case. His insight and experience enable him to build a strong defense case for trial or obtain a favorable plea agreement that minimizes negative consequences. Whether this is your first offense, or you have been charged with DWI before, he can help you navigate the complex laws with the necessary attention to detail and determination to help put this matter behind you.
To schedule a free initial consultation with an NYC DWI and DWAI lawyer,
contact us at 212-818-1880.