A DWI is life-changing, even if it’s only the first time you’re convicted. As a result, it’s of the utmost importance that you do all you can to avoid a conviction.
Not all DWIs are made equal. Someone facing a DWI for a blood-alcohol content of .08% is going to face fewer penalties than someone accused of a DWI with a .2% BAC. Regardless, though, it’s very important to defend yourself. A DWI charge sometimes breaks off into additional charges, too, which can be surprising and unexpected for those accused.
How can a single DWI turn into more charges?
Here’s an example. If you are driving recklessly, a police officer may pull you over. At that point, you may face a charge for reckless driving. After refusing a breath test, you end up having to take it at the police station. You test over the legal limit. Now, you are going to lose your license for refusing the breath test, have a reckless driving charge and may face a DWI charge or aggravated DWI charge, depending on how high your BAC was.
As you can see, the charges can add up quickly, as can the expenses of a DWI. That’s why it’s essential that you take the time to call your Long Island attorney and discuss what happened. You should not speak with the police to give them more than your name and other identifying information until you’ve talked to your attorney and discussed what you should or should not say. Saying the wrong thing at this point could result in further penalties and charges that are unfair to you.