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What You Need to Know about a White Plains DWI Arrest

If you have been arrested for a DWI offense in the City of White Plains you should know your rights and retain an experienced and skilled White Plains DWI defense attorney.

The DWI defense lawyers at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP maintain offices in downtown White Plains and have the experience and skill to aggressively represent you in Court. Our DWI lawyers are published authors in the area of DWI defense and know exactly how to evaluate your case and provide you with the best defense. We are committed to providing each client with personalized attention and unwavering dedication throughout their case.

The White Plains DWI Charges

There are several types of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charges in New York State. They are most commonly referred to by the general term Driving While Intoxicated or DWI. The most common DWI charges are:

  • Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or more; .04 BAC or higher for commercial vehicle drivers
  • Aggravated DWI: BAC of .18 or higher
  • Driving while ability impaired (DWAI) by alcohol: .05 BAC or more but less than .07 BAC
  • DWAI by a single drug or multiple drugs
  • A refusal to submit to a chemical test to determine a BAC
  • Zero Tolerance Law: .02-.07 BAC for anyone under 21

Depending on the individual factors of your case these charges can be either misdemeanors, felonies or a combination of DWI misdemeanor and felony charges. For example, a Leandra’s Law DWI charge (DWI with a child in the car) is a felony charge even though it might be a first offense.

What happens in the White Plains City Court after a DWI arrest?

In general, after you are released from police custody you will receive a date and time to appear before a Judge in the White Plains City Court. It is usually a Monday through Friday at 9:30 am. It is very important that you do not miss that court date and you appear with an experienced DWI lawyer.

It is essential to have a DWI lawyer on the first court date because you will be arraigned, you face a driver’s license suspension, you could be referred to a alcohol treatment program and if you need to drive the judge can issue you a limited driving privilege. If you do not have an attorney you will have no way to protect your rights.

The White Plains Judge will then refer the matter to the White Plains DWI Part. This is a session of the Court that handles all DWI charges in the City of White Plains. This DWI Part meets on Thursday’s at 2:00 pm. During these appearances your DWI case is conferenced and will ultimately be resolved with by either a dismissal, plea bargain or trial.

Do you need to appear at all court appearances?

Yes; you must appear at all court appearances unless you have been excused by the Court.

What can you as my DWI lawyer do for me?

Our firm zealously protects clients' rights in all types of cases involving DWI charges. We will first provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss your case and review our office’s fee structure. Our reputation is to provide you with a fair and honest assessment of your case. We never put our client's in fear but instead we want to empower our clients by giving each client a greater understanding of the charge, the process, legal strategy, the options proceeding forward and the best defense so each client can make an informed decision about their case.

We challenge the government's evidence including:

  • The breath test machine was not working, properly calibrated or there was an inaccurate reading
  • The breath test machine operator was not properly qualified
  • The blood sample was contaminated, not properly taken and/or not properly preserved
  • The police officer violated your Constitutional rights
  • The police officer failed to follow departmental procedures
  • The Field Sobriety Tests (FST) were improperly administered
  • The police officer did not properly tell you the consequences of refusing to submit to a chemical test.
  • Witness testimony that contradicts the officer’s claims and the evidence against you
  • We submit orders to the court to preserve dash camera or officer vest camera videos
  • Investigate medical reasons for inaccurate BAC reading

At Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP we have handled countless DWI cases both as former prosecutors and now as published DWI defense lawyers. We will aggressively represent you in court, during negotiations and if necessary at trial.

Contact Us Today

If you have been charged with a DWI in the White Plains City Court call our DWI lawyers today for a free initial consultation. Our main office is located at One North Broadway, Suite 401 in White Plains.

A DWI charge is a very serious offense and you deserve the very best in legal representation.