“I have your back”
Getting arrested for DWI is a nerve-wrecking experience. One minute you are a regular, law-abiding citizen with a good job, and the next minute you are being handcuffed and placed into the back of a police cruiser.
You now have one very important choice to make, and that is to decide on a lawyer who will defend you at every step of the court proceedings. If you can't afford a lawyer, the court will appoint a public defender to represent you. If you don't qualify for a public defender, then the judge will direct you to hire a private lawyer and come back to court.
This is not a time to hire the family lawyer who helped with your parents' wills. DWI is arguably one of the more complex criminal charges that can be brought against a person, so your lawyer better be good.
- DWI prosecutions involve a tremendous amount of science, so a qualified DWI lawyer needs to understand gas chromatography and how it is used against you.
- DWI prosecutions also involve the use of fake science, so a qualified DWI lawyer needs to be an expert on the validation studies that show the utter unreliability of "Field Sobriety Tests."
- DWI prosecutions inevitably rely on police testimony that regularly differs from what you will remember happened, and that also differs from what is shown on body-worn camera footage. A qualified DWI lawyer should have years of experience cross-examining police officers, and should be able to anticipate what the officer is going to say before you ever get to a trial.
If you were arrested for DWI in Rochester, NY, think carefully about the lawyer who you want to represent you. P. Adam Militello, Esq. is a member of the National College for DUI Defense; he has traveled to Tucson, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York City, and even Harvard to undergo training focused solely on the defense of DWI cases. He also has a tremendous amount of experience. Over the last decade he has tried - and more importantly won - DWI cases involving BAC levels as high as .24%.
Being arrested for DWI is not the end of the world. A good lawyer can help you fight your charges, keep your job, navigate the court system, and mitigate consequences. So make damn sure your lawyer is good.