There was a time when drunk driving offenses were relatively minor crimes, or at least thought of that way, but that time is long gone. Nowadays, DUIs are very serious criminal offenses that can costs you thousands of dollars and can affect your life forever.
People who are convicted of a DUI suffer a number of consequences, both seen and unseen. They lose their driver’s license, and without their license, their ability to travel and get around is severely hampered. They carry a criminal record, which can be used against them when they apply for housing or try to get a new job. They also have severe financial penalties to consider, such as penalties and fees relating to the sentence, treatment and driving programs and increased insurance premiums, just to name a few.
Also, depending on your blood alcohol levels, your DUI charge may be more severe and punishing. For instance, in NYS, a BAC of .18 or higher, will result in a charge of Aggravated DUI, carrying heavier penalties. A DUI case is incredibly serious, and the people who are accused of these crimes need to protect themselves and get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
For these purposes, the name to know is Michael V. Cibella. At our law offices, we have been helping people who have been accused of drunk driving offenses since 2004. We will protect your rights and defend your case, and we will do everything possible to minimize the negative and long term effects of a DUI conviction by fighting for pleas to a lesser charge based upon the facts and circumstances of the alleged offense and seeking alternative sentences that allow you to move forward with your life and put this unfortunate episode behind you.