Manhattan DUI Attorney – Troy A. Smith
Have you been arrested for driving under the influence? New York takes DUI cases very seriously. If convicted you could lose your driver’s license, pay expensive fines and even do jail time. You do not want to go into the court room alone. You want to find a skilled and experienced Manhattan DUI attorney to help end your legal nightmares and get your life back to normal.
Manhattan DUI Law
New York state uses your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to determine weather or not you are intoxicated. If you are 21 years old or older your BAC must be at least .08% to be charged with DUI. There are even lower BAC requirements for those under 21 and those driving a commercial vehicle.
Some possible penalties for DUI convictions include:
- First Offense: License suspended or revoked for at least 6 months to 1 year, $500-$2,500 in fines, up to 1 year in jail
- Second Offense: License revoked for at least 12 – 18 months $1000-$5000 in fines, up to 4 years in jail
- Third Offense: License revoked for at least 12-18 months, $2000-$10,000 in fines, up to 7 years in jail
(Find a full list of DUI penalties from the NY DMV)
What if you refused to take a Breathalyzer?
In the state of New York, you are required to submit to a chemical breath, blood, urine or saliva test as long as the officer had reasonable cause to arrest you for DUI. It is called the implied consent law. Just by driving in New York, you have given your consent to submit to chemical tests. You can be fined $500 and have your license revoked for at least 1 year just for refusing to take the test. If you are in this situation it is paramount that you contact an experienced Manhattan DUI attorney immediately.
Choosing a Manhattan DUI Attorney
When choosing a Manhattan DUI attorney, you want to choose someone with both the skill and experience to defend your rights. Manhattan DUI Attorney Troy A. Smith has over 24 years of litigation experience including working for the US Army as a JAG Criminal Defense attorney. He is known as a subject mater expert in litigating coercive interrogation used by law enforcement which may lead to a false conviction. He has the experience, skill and drive to help you fight your criminal charges. We would love the opportunity to talk to you about your case and legal option. We are here to help you through these troubled times. Give us a call today: 212-537-4029