DWI Defense

What You Need To Know About DWI Penalties

Under the strict laws in place today to deter drunk driving and “drugged driving” throughout New York, no one charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) simply pays a fine and moves on. How you approach your defense will have a major impact on your life for many years.

After an arrest on drunk driving charges, it is critical to immediately find out the potential penalties and collateral consequences you are facing. You must weigh these against your attorney’s assessment of defense strategies and specific avenues to negotiate your case.

I am Barbara Wilkanowski, a DWI defense lawyer based in Flushing whom you can trust to protect your future. Call 866-308-7620 for a free consultation.

Using My Experience To Skillfully Fight Charges

As a longtime former prosecutor in Queens, I understand how the state prepares a DWI case and where weaknesses, in that case, maybe found. I consistently emphasize:

  • Ensuring that my clients understand the legal processes associated with both the criminal case and driver’s license suspension
  • Assessing defense options in full view of a client’s record, employment risks, financial resources and goals
  • Preparing rigorously for trial when that is my client’s informed choice — or doing everything possible to present my client in the best light and negotiate for manageable outcomes

Make The Right Decision For Your Future

A DWI charge — sometimes called DUI — puts you at immediate risk for jail time and staggering fines and fees. Some multiple and serious offenders must confront vehicle forfeiture, ignition interlock installation and a range of other life-altering concerns. If you are considering pleading yourself guilty or accepting representation by a public defender, I urge you to contact me first. I will be glad to provide a free initial consultation.