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  • by Eli Moore, Westchester County Traffic Attorney

Don't Plead Guilty to a DWI Charge Until You Read This!

Speeding car / DWI criminal offense

Just as you should never automatically plead guilty to a traffic ticket (see, you should also refrain from quickly pleading guilty to a charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The fines, penalties, and consequences of a guilty DWI conviction are steep.

  • Mandatory fines ranging from $300-$10,000.

  • Jail terms ranging from 15 days to 7 years for a felony (2nd DWI within 10 years).

  • Mandatory license suspension for 3 months or revocation for up to 18 months.

  • Ignition Interlock device required to be installed on all vehicles in the household.

Many people charged with DWI assume that there's no way out of being found guilty. However, an experienced defense attorney can successfully defend you from conviction of the top charge. For example, your attorney may find that the officer followed improper arrest procedures or did not advise you of your Miranda Warnings. There may be witnesses who can testify on your behalf. And you may have an unblemished driving record that your lawyer can use to lessen your penalties.

If you are pulled over by a police office for DWI, be polite, truthful, and cooperative at all times and request to speak to an attorney before answering his questions. Don't volunteer any information, as it could incriminate you.

If you live in Westchester County or the Bronx, please contact me if you are charged with DWI and I can advise you based on your situation. I can be reached at or (914) 523-5552. You can also follow me on Facebook @EliMooreTrafficandCriminalAttorney, on Twitter @EliMooreLaw and on LinkedIn.

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