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New York City DWI Attorney Lance Fletcher

Former Manhattan Prosecutor, over 15 years of experience. Fighting for Your Freedom, Reputation, and Ability to Drive.

It’s all to easy to find yourself needing the services of a New York City DWI Attorney especially considering the dense and crowded nature of New York City, its heavy traffic and one-way streets, and aggressive policing by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and NYPD highway division.

Being pulled over is a frightening experience and especially so if the driver had a few drinks earlier in the day. A few drinks an linger in the body and, depending on how much the driver ate, there can be significant fear of failing a sobriety test.

Being arrested by the NYPD for DWI or DUI can lead to serious consequences. You may lose your privilege to drive, your car, and your full freedom at your very first court appearance. Things move quickly in court and, if you plead guilty, you face a permanent criminal record, the risk of jail time, probation, staggering fines, license revocation, immigration and travel consequences, and other penalties that directly or indirectly result from the conviction.

Quickly consulting with an experienced New York City DWI Attorney and asking for help before your court date is the smartest move you can make. Lawyers can help you understand the nature of the charges, possible defenses, and likely outcomes depending on the facts and circumstances of your DWI case.

Contact Us at (212) 619-3900 to discuss your NYC DWI case today.

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If you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI or DUI in New York City, a New York City DWI Lawyer can help. After assessing the case, an experienced DWI lawyer will look for ways to challenge the prosecutor’s case after carefully reviewing the evidence. An experienced attorney can review police documents including reports related to the traffic stop, sobriety tests, chemical test (intoxilyzer), video, and any blood samples or accident reports.

Lance Fletcher, a former Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, has over 15 years of experience exclusively dedicated to practicing DWI and criminal law in New York City. While he was a prosecutor, Lance Fletcher handled numerous DWI cases. Since leaving the DA’s Office, Lance Fletcher has defended over a hundred DWI cases in New York City ranging from first arrests misdemeanor DWIs to complex felony DWIs and accident cases with serious injuries. Lane Fletcher serves clients throughout the New York City area including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Lance Fletcher is aware of some of the most modern and effective methods that prosecutors use to prove guilt in a DWI case so Lance Fletcher is aware of the best options of an effective DWI case defense strategy.

Contact Us at (212) 619-3900 to discuss your NYC DWI case today.

Why You Should Hire a New York City DWI Attorney

If you’ve been pulled over at a checkpoint or pulled over under suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated, you should call a NYC DWI Attorney right away. DWI cases in New York can result in being arrested and brought to central booking where you will have to wait in jail until you can appear with your lawyer before a New York City criminal court judge. That judge has the power to take your license, hold you in jail, or mandate expensive and complicated alcohol treatment even before the issue of your guilt or innocence has been decided.

Avoid a Criminal Record

There are two typical dangers with a pleading guilty. One is the penalty which ranges from fines up to and including jail time. The other is a criminal record. If you plead guilty, you may forever lose your ability to bargain for a lighter penalty or avoid a permanent criminal record. According to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, “An estimated 70 million to 100 million Americans now have a some type of criminal record. Any record – no matter how old or minor – can stand in the way of reentry, economic stability, and full participation in society.” Certain communities, such as People of color, have been disproportionately affected by the effect that a criminal record can have. The Center for American Progress further found that:

- If you’ve been incarcerated, you can see a lifetime earnings reduction of 52%

- People with criminal convictions face lost wages in excess of $372 billion a year

- Future generations can be harmed because of economic hardship by a parent’s criminal record

There’s no expungement (sealing) in New York unless you win your case, reduce the charges, or successfully apply for expungement (sealing) after 10 years for certain qualifying offenses. This means that the best time to do something to avoid a criminal record is while your DWI case is still open. Contact us today about your NYC DWI case.

Avoid jail

Even if it’s your first time being arrested, a jail sentence is authorized under New York law. This sentence, of up to 364 days, is generally the worst-case scenario following a misdemeanor DWI arrest. If your DWI case is a felony, you could face up to 7 years in prison. Jail is, actually, a common experience following a DWI arrest because after your arrest, you’re often held in a jail cell until your arrest has been processed and your lawyer has finished reviewing your case and it has been brought to a judge for your DWI arraignment. Any time spent in a jail cell can be very traumatic so the goal of a NYC DWI Attorney is fight back against any risk of jail.

Avoid License Suspension

Your license can be suspended hours after your arrest. Also, the DMV might suspend your license if the police informed them that you refused to submit to a sobriety test. If your car is the main way you get around to work, family, and shopping, what are you going to do? An experienced NYC DWI Attorney can fight this by exploring ways to get you back on the road again.

Get Your Car Back

Typically, the NYPD will keep your car after a DWI arrest. This is because the District Attorney may want your car as evidence in their case against you and also because the NYPD may want to auction it off and keep the proceeds. Given how expensive a car is, this can lead to severe economic hardship. An experienced NYC DWI Attorney can fight for the release of your car.

See Why NYC DWI Attorney Lance Fletcher has consistently won the Client’s Choice Award

If you have been arrested for DWI, it is important that you reach out for legal assistance right away to have the best chance of securing the most favorable outcome as possible. The sooner you contact Lance Fletcher, the sooner your DWI case can be evaluated and a successful strategy can be established. At The Law Office of Lance Fletcher, we focus on the defense of individuals who have been accused of driving while intoxicated throughout New York.

Lance Fletcher can sit down with you to discuss the traffic stop, discussions that you had with different police officers on the way to the precinct and central booking, whether you were read your rights, and your performance during any sobriety tests or alleged refusal to take a sobriety test and other critical details. If you've already seen a judge, Lance Fletcher can discuss the events that happened in court, whether your license was taken, and other pertinent details of your case. Whether your plan is to negotiate or go to trial, Lance Fletcher can give you a frank assessment of the situation you're in and what it would take to get the outcome that you need.

Contact Us at (212) 619-3900 to discuss your NYC DWI case today.

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