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New York City Aggravated DWI Lawyer

Queens Aggravated DWI Defense Lawyer

Defense Attorney for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn

If you have been charged with Aggravated DWI in New York City, you are now enmeshed in the city's criminal justice system, which can be very intimidating. New York is one of the strictest states when it comes to driving while impaired, and Aggravated DWI is the most serious of all DWI offenses. If the district attorney makes a successful case for your conviction, a judge can impose severe penalties. You are going to need a defense lawyer with exceptional skill and confidence who knows how to win within this system.

At Watford Jackson, PLLC, we understand how overwhelming it can be to find yourself in this situation. We have been working in the criminal courts of New York City for over 45 years combined--and winning. When you work with us, you will receive the full benefit of our extensive knowledge of the law as well as the inner workings of the judicial system.

Attorneys Joey Jackson and Gregory J. Watford are well-known and respected defense attorneys in the highly competitive criminal courts of New York City. We will fight aggressively for your rights and develop a powerful, persuasive case in your favor. Our goal is to get the best possible outcome for you, whatever it takes.

New York Definition of Aggravated DWI

New York law defines two situations in which you can be charged with Aggravated DWI:

  • Operating a motor vehicle (including boats) with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .18 or higher.
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a child aged 15 years or less as a passenger during the commission of DWI, DWAI/Drug, or DWAI/Combination. This offense may be charged as a Class E felony under New York's Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as Leandra's Law.

Defense Strategies for Aggravated DWI Cases

Independent Investigation. The most important thing to do, as in any criminal case, is to get an attorney working on your case as soon as possible. While the police and prosecutor are focused on gathering evidence of your guilt, your attorney will need to gather evidence in your favor. Witness memories fade, and evidence can disappear with time. Time is of the essence.

Challenge Police Evidence. The prosecutor's case against you may be based on inaccurate or incomplete information, or evidence obtained from an unlawful police search and seizure in violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. At Watford Jackson, PLLC, we have experienced first-hand how often the police fail to adhere to the proper protocols for field sobriety testing, breathalyzer use, chemical testing of blood/urine/saliva, and other key aspects of a DWI case. With our in-depth knowledge of both the law as written and the realities of law enforcement in NYC, we can challenge key pieces of evidence and demonstrate extenuating circumstances that will tip a case in your favor.

Know When to Negotiate vs. Litigate. We have handled so many NYC DWI cases that we can judge exactly how weak or strong the prosecution's case is. We will advise you on what we think is the best possible outcome for your case and the best legal strategy to achieve it.

Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers in NYC

When you or a loved one is charged with aggravated DWI, it can be overwhelming and a reduction in charges or a "not guilty" verdict may seem impossible to you. Just remember that an arrest is not a conviction. The attorneys of Watford, Jackson, PLLC, will act quickly and aggressively to build the strongest possible defense for you. Contact us at 855-WAT-JACK or 855-928-5225. We work and win in the criminal courts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Nassau County, Rockland County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County.

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