DWI Defense Attorneys Serving the Albany, NY Area
Located about 150 miles north of New York City, Albany is home to both bustling urban centers, as well as quieter areas located along the waterfront of the Hudson River. The city is home to universities and small businesses, as well as Fortune-500 companies. For the past several years, Albany’s downtown has developed into a busy hotspot, with many restaurants, shops, and taverns now lining the streets. Additionally, the city hosts several music, art, and food festivals each year, bringing in swarms of tourists from around the country.
Unlike nearby New York City, Montreal, and Boston, all of which have smaller, tighter city centers, Albany is spread out over many miles. This means that driving is necessary in order to get around the city and surrounding areas. With a younger population and a thriving downtown, driving any type of distance is not always a good thing. Especially when alcohol is involved.
Unfortunately, many residents and visitors of Albany are killed and injured every year due to drunk-driving related accidents. Thousands more are arrested and charged with DWI. The attorneys and legal team at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy in no way, shape, or form condone drunk driving, but we do understand that everyone is entitled to a superior defense to such charges. We pledge to provide our clients with unwavering support and fierce advocacy in defending DWI charges in Albany. Our commitment and experience is second to none.
If you have been arrested and charged with DWI in Albany, contact us today.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of “getting a DWI” in Albany, it is important to hire an experienced, local DWI defense attorney as soon as possible. There are so many fine and nuanced points to an Albany DWI defense that you simply do not want to place your case in the hands of an inexperienced attorney or try to resolve the matter yourself. Our Albany DWI defense attorneys have solid reputations with local law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts. And, while a good reputation cannot make certain charges disappear, it does go a long way when negotiating lesser charges and plea deals.
The highly trained DWI defense attorneys at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy have decades of experience in defending clients. Regardless of social status or occupation, we treat all clients with equal respect and dignity; and, we provide the same level of tenacious representation to all. We understand that people make mistakes and find themselves in difficult situations. We are here to relieve you of some of the stress that accompanies a DWI arrest, as we work tirelessly on your behalf to reach some sort of resolution in a timely manner.
New York is tough on drunk drivers.
New York State has some of the toughest laws and penalties in the country for drunk driving-related offenses. In New York, the fines are higher, license suspension terms are greater, and prison terms are longer. And, penalties get harsher and steeper for multiple DWI offenses and aggravated offenses (those offenses stemming from very high blood alcohol content and/or motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries, death, and property damage.) With so much at stake, it is in your interest to hire the best Albany DWI defense attorney possible.
So, what exactly is at stake if I am convicted of DWI?
Where to begin? In addition to the distress and panic that you likely will experience when charged with DWI, there are many tangible repercussions you may face if convicted of a DWI offense, including – but not limited to – the following:
- Monetary fines and penalties
- Administrative suspension of driver’s license
- Possible prison time
- Increase in car insurance rates (sometimes as much as a 400 percent hike, for at least a few years)
- Loss of job
- Difficulty in obtaining a job, housing, and other opportunities
- Community service
- Alcohol awareness courses
- Alcohol rehabilitation counseling
- Attendance of a Victim Impact Panel
- Installation of an ignition interlock device in every motor vehicle you own
- Loss of certain security clearances
- Certain travel restrictions
- Negative effects on immigration status and applications for citizenship
- Destroyed reputation and standing in the community
And, keep in mind that many of these penalties are mandatory – meaning that prosecutors and the courts must impose them in certain circumstances.
What can an Albany DWI defense attorney do for me?
We will work to help you minimize the consequences resulting from your DWI arrest and charges. We may be your best chance to successfully (and reasonably) negotiate with prosecutors in order to reduce charges, reach a plea agreement you can live with and, if possible, litigate your case in court. Each case is different, and depending on the circumstances, we may be able to weaken the prosecution’s case against you. And, while there are no guarantees, we have the experience and knowledge to best help you when the deck seems stacked against you.
We will represent you at all administrative hearings and criminal proceedings, request discovery from the arresting officer(s) and prosecution, submit all necessary filings with the court, and deal directly with the prosecution.
Contact Us Today
As you can see, New York has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation. If you have been charged with an Albany DWI offense, you owe it to yourself to retain the best legal team available. We are one of the most highly respected law firms in Albany and the capital district. The attorneys at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy have the judgment and experience to negotiate the best possible plea, and we also have the skill and tenacity required to take your case to trial if necessary.
Call us now at (518) 274-5820 or complete our online form. The E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy law firm has an attorney available to assist clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – even on holidays.