Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is one of the criminal charges most people are likely to face, simply because a lapse in judgment about how much one can safely drink can happen to anyone. Few people intend to drink more than they should and then get behind the wheel, but many people find themselves staring into the face of a police officer after doing so.
Often, people charged with DWI don't have any previous criminal history and have never been involved with the court system. Suddenly, they are facing potential consequences that are no less than life-changing: a criminal record, potential jail time, and loss of driving privileges.
These consequences can lead to even more wide-ranging outcomes. A criminal conviction and time in jail often lead to the loss of employment, and the inability to find new employment. Being unable to drive means that it is difficult to get to a job if you do have one, and makes taking care of family responsibilities much more challenging. Your financial resources may be depleted, and relationships damaged. In other words, the result of a momentary lapse of judgment can haunt you for years.
At the Law Offices of Andreas Vasilatos, PLLC, we are well aware of how much is on the line when you are facing DWI or DUI charges, and what a difference an experienced New York DWI/DUI attorney can make in the outcome of your case.
Many law firms offer DWI and DUI representation, but not all of those firms are created equal. Some attorneys offer representation, but have relatively little experience. Other firms handle a high volume of DWI/DUI cases, but give little attention to each one.
Andreas Vasilatos, PLLC is proud to have on our legal team attorneys experienced in this area of law, and well-respected by colleagues. The firm's senior associate, Scott Benjamin, has demonstrated in court the inaccuracy of "breathalyzer" and other evidence used to show guilt in many cases. Scott has also frequently negotiated plea arrangements that have allowed his clients to accept a reduced (non-criminal) charge, a limited penalty, and often only a brief conditional limitation of the client's driving privileges. Whether a case is resolved by agreement or at trial, our ultimate goal is the same: to minimize the negative effects of DWI or DUI charges on our clients lives going forward.
The outcome of a DWI or DUI case is critically important, but we also understand the toll the legal process can take on our clients. We make it a priority to be available to respond to their questions and offer them the information and guidance they need to understand their case and options, so that we can minimize their stress as their case proceeds.
Experience is everything when it comes to defending against DWI or DUI charges. Work with attorneys who have the experience and creativity to reach the most favorable outcome possible in your case, and to fight for you in court if necessary.
The Law Offices of Andreas Vasilatos, PLLC has two convenient locations: in Bayside, Queens and at 7 World Trade Center in Manhattan, and serves clients in all five boroughs of New York City as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. We invite you to learn more about our firm and our team, and to contact us to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.