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DWI Defense Lawyer in Queens – Victor Knapp, Esq.

 

DWI Defense Lawyer in Queens – Victor Knapp, Esq.   Being charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI/DUI) or Driving While Impaired by Alcohol or Drugs can be an extremely stressful and frightening experience.  If you are convicted in New York, you face a range of extremely harsh penalties, and the Prosecuters and Judges in the Queens Criminal Courthouse are NOT sympathetic.  You could be sentenced to years of jail time, be forced to pay costly fines, and lose your driver’s license.  Long after these penalties subside, your conviction could continue to haunt you.  With a criminal record in your past, you face long-term challenges like a negative social stigma, lost opportunities, and difficulty gaining employment.  Therefore, it is imperative that you immediately contact a well-known experienced Queens DWI/DUI Defense Attorney.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or impaired in New York, you could lose everything you value.  Your mobility, your professional reputation, and even your freedom itself is at stake.  You need the support and protection of an experienced, aggressive lawyer who knows how to achieve results.

To schedule your private legal consultation, call the Law Offices of Victor Knapp, Queens DWI defense lawyer at (718) 263-9000.  Don’t wait until it’s too late: call right away to start exploring your options.

 

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Well-known, Experienced DWI Defense Lawyer in Queens, Victor Knapp

 

The Importance of Having a Well-Known Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer in Queens on Your Side

Law enforcement officers or members of the prosecution may lead you to believe that the case against you is unbeatable.  Don’t be discouraged.  A knowledgeable attorney may be able to have the charges against you reduced, or dismissed altogether.

Criminal defense lawyer Victor Knapp has more than 33 years of experience defending allegations of DUI & DWAI charges on behalf of clients appearing in the Queens Criminal Court. He has handled a wide variety of complex and high-profile cases ranging from misdemeanor to felony, including both adult and juvenile offenders.  Our firm will guide you through each and every step of the legal process as your case develops, and will advocate tirelessly for justice on your behalf.  When you need a committed defense attorney with a reputation for excellence, you can call on Victor Knapp.

Determining DWI/DWAI Crimes in New York

The BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) threshold for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charges is 0.08%. It should be noted that this limit drops to just 0.04% for commercial drivers, who are often transporting large or hazardous loads.

The BAC for determining DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) is slightly lower, categorized as less than 0.07% but greater than 0.05%.

Of course, BAC cannot be utilized where drugged driving is suspected.  In cases involving narcotics, other forms of chemical testing (e.g. urine testing) may be used, in addition to the testimony of a trained DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) officer.  Obvious signs of drug use, such as visible paraphernalia in the vehicle, will also be evaluated.

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DWAI and DWI Penalties in New York

Unfortunately, many people have the wrong idea about just how serious these charges — and their penalties — can really be.  Because DWI arrests are common compared to many other crimes, offenders frequently assume the charges must be minor.  But in reality, this is simply not the case. You are subject to severe consequences if you are convicted.

DWI First Offense in New York

  • Sentence: up to 1 year
  • Fines: up to $1,000
  • License Suspension: 6 months minimum

DWI Second Offense in New York

  • Sentence: up to 4 years
  • Fines: up to $5,000
  • License Suspension: 1 year minimum

DWI Third Offense in New York

  • Sentence: up to 7 years
  • Fines: up to $10,000
  • License Suspension: 1 year minimum

DWAI First Offense with Drugs trends in Queens Criminal Court

  • Sentence: up to 1 year
  • Fines: up to $1,000 plus assorted fees
  • License Suspension: 6 months

DWAI First Offense with Alcohol trends in Queens Criminal Court

  • Sentence: 15 days
  • Fines: $500 plus assorted fees
  • License Suspension: 90 days

It should be noted that aggravating factors such as high BAC and repeat offenses can make these penalties worse.

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Fighting DWI Charges in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, or Long Island

The evidence that the prosecution must rely upon to gain a conviction is not always credible, and in fact, breathalyzer machines are somewhat notorious for displaying faulty readings.  Your attorney can investigate to determine whether there were any circumstances which would call into question any of the reasons why the arresting officer charged you.  Tests which can be reviewed include:

  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • Breath Tests/Breathalyzers/Intoxilizers
  • Blood Tests
  • Urine Samples
  • Alleged Test Refusals

In People v. Mertz , a seminal case in DWI defense, and Victor Knapp – a well-known Criminal Defense Lawyer in Queens successfully argued before the New York Court of Appeals that the results of a BAC test are not automatically dispositive of the defendant’s blood alcohol level at the time that he or she was operating the vehicle. This case has been cited and relied upon in thousands of DWI / DWAI allegations in cases throughout Queens and surrounding burroughs in the state of New York.

If you’ve been arrested for DWI in New York, Criminal Defense DUI attorney Victor Knapp is here to serve you.  With offices in Kew Gardens directly across from the Queens Criminal Courthouse, Victor Knapp is uniquely situated to serve clients in all of the five-boroughs.

To schedule your private case evaluation, call our law offices at (718) 263-9000, or contact us online.  Someone is available to take your call around the clock, so contact us as soon as you are able.

Law Offices of Victor Knapp

125-10 Queens Blvd., Suite 323, Kew Gardens (Queens), NY, 11415.


Phone: 718-263-9000
https://victorknapp.com/