Consequences Of Drunk Driving Convictions In New York

Most people are aware that the days when driving while intoxicated (DWI; sometimes called DUI) might be treated like any other traffic violation are long gone. Today, the most basic, first-offense DWI charge in New York can disrupt nearly every aspect of your life. If you have a prior criminal record, if you were involved in an injury-causing accident, or other "aggravating factors" apply, the defense lawyer you choose is absolutely critical.

Make The Right Call For Protection Of Your Rights And Your Future

I am Barbara Wilkanowski, a criminal defense lawyer in Flushing, Queens, who is committed to helping my DWI clients make fully informed decisions. I will assess any and all viable DWI defense strategies for your specific case, informed by 20 years of experience as a prosecutor before focusing all my professional energy on advocacy for the accused.

Please do not misjudge what you are up against and face a New York DWI charge alone or with only basic guidance from a public defender. Instead, make certain that your defense attorney knows what matters most to you and appreciates the real impact of penalties such as:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Long-term license suspension or revocation of your driving privilege
  • Insurance premium increases that can cost you many thousands of dollars
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device — at your own, significant expense

What Matters Most To You? The Best Possible Outcome Is My Constant Goal.

You can talk to me openly about all of your concerns. For example, I know that many people feel they have no choice but to drive while under a driver's license suspension, and I will strive to help you find workable solutions, including obtaining a conditional driver's license for work and family necessities if possible.

You can also trust my experience and judgment, whether you are accused of drunk driving, a drug-related DWI or the lesser but still very serious charge of DWAI. My constant goal is to help my clients overcome their personal difficulties and move forward in life. If you have any doubts about the consequences of a DWI conviction, talk to me before making your next move. Call 866-308-7620 anytime or send me an email, and I will provide a free initial consultation focused on what you need to do to guard your future.