Albany DWI Defense Attorney
Fighting for a Dismissal, an Acquittal, or Reduced Charges
The Law Office of Eric K. Schillinger handles driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) cases all over New York State, including Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Columbia Counties. Our main office is coveniently located in downtown Albany.
DWI defense is a complex matter in New York State. How attorneys approach a case may differ depending on the details of the arrest. Our Albany DUI defense lawyer has extensive experience with these cases and understands the important nuances for the locality of DWI cases as well as other criminal defense matters.
In New York State, you will receive a DWI charge if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of:
- 0.08% if you are 21 or older
- 0.04% if you are a commercial driver
- 0.02% if you are under 21
Arrests in Colonie, Guilderland, East Greenbush, Schodack, Kinderhook, Clifton Park, or Malta, may produce different results due to location. We understand how different judges and district attorneys in these areas handle DWI cases, maximizing our chances of getting the best possible result.
The most severe DWI charges carry up to $10,000 in fines and up to 7 years in jail. To find out more about various penalties, read here.
Nuances of New York DWI Charges
Those arrested for DWI were likely asked to take a breath or blood reading of their blood alcohol content. With these tests and the testimony of the police against you, the situation may feel hopeless for those facing DWI charges.
Reasons you could be charged with an alcohol or drug violation include:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Aggravated DWI (BAC of 0.18% or more)
- Refusing a sobriety test
- Driving while ability impaired
However, the accused have rights that must not be ignored by arresting officers. Every person in the justice system has rules that apply to them, and if they don’t follow these rules, a defense attorney could use it your advantage. Violations of your rights could results in outright dismissal of your case or could be used to get reduced charges. Our firm will make it as difficult as possible for evidence to be used against clients facing DWI charges.
On top of your criminal charges, losing the ability to drive is one of the most challenging penalties of a DWI case. New York law allows a judge to suspend an individual’s license when they are charged with DWI. However, an attorney could argue for your driving privileges, allowing you to drive to work or school while your case resolves. We will fight to make sure you keep your right to drive.
If you are charged with a DWI call us for a free consultation at (518) 413-0889. We will review your case and discuss how we can help you fight the DWI charges that you are facing.