Lawyer Kristin Galison is a former prosecutor with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office where she was assigned to the elite DWI Bureau at the Nassau County District Court. She prosecuted hundreds of DWI cases as an Assistant District Attorney and has carried her knowledge and expertise over to defending individuals charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
A DWI charge is serious. It carries with it far more consequences than most people are aware of.
To begin with your driver’s license will be suspended when you are arraigned on a DWI charge. If you are charged with violating VTL Section 1192.2 your license will remain suspended during the pendency of the case although you may be eligible for a conditional license approximately 30 days after your arraignment. A conditional license will allow you to drive to and from work or school, to and from day care for your children, and to and from medical treatment. Shortly after your arraignment you will receive a letter from the DMV informing you whether you are eligible for a conditional license and the date that you will become eligible for such license. In order to obtain the conditional license you will need to go to the DMV to request it and pay a $75 fee.
If you refused to submit to a chemical test of your blood, breath or urine and are charged with violating VTL Section 1192.3 you license will be suspended at arraignment but you are entitled to a Refusal Hearing to determine if you refused to submit to a chemical test. The Refusal Hearing will be held at the local DMV and an Administrative Law Judge will preside over it. If the Judge finds that you did refuse to submit to a chemical test, your license will be revoked for one year and you will not be eligible for a conditional license. If the Judge finds that you did not refuse to submit to a chemical test then your license will be restored. It is important to have an attorney who is experienced in handling DWI cases represent you at a Refusal Hearing, and during all stages of your DWI case.
After you are arraigned on a DWI charge, the case will be adjourned to a later date for a conference. On the conference date, the District Attorney’s Office may inform your lawyer as to whether they will make a plea offer in the case or if they intend to hold you to the DWI charge. Discovery materials may be turned over to your lawyer by the District Attorney’s Office on this court date. At the Law Office of David Galison, P.C. we have extensive experience fighting DWI cases. We thoroughly review all paperwork prepared by the police department in connection with your case and then discuss our analysis of the case with you. Our goal is keep you fully informed during each and every stage of your case and to answer any questions that you may have. It is only you are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your case that you can make an informed decision on whether to plead guilty to DWI or a lesser charge, or to proceed to trial.
If you decide to plead guilty to DWI, our lawyers will inform you of the conditions that may accompany a guilty plea. Sentence conditions may include the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, completion of the Impaired Driving Program, the installation of Ignition Interlock in any vehicle that you own or operate, attendance at the Victim Impact Panel, and payment of court fines and surcharges. The sentence may range from a Condition Discharge and community service to Probation or Jail Time.
A plea of guilty to DWI has many consequences associated with it. If you choose to instead proceed to trial, our lawyers have extensive experience in the courtroom fighting DWI charges. Ms. Galison has conducted countless pre-trial hearings in DWI cases and tried many such cases to verdict. She is skilled at cross-examining police officers about their observations of intoxication, and how they administered and evaluated a suspect’s performance on the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. She is also knowledgeable the breathalyzer machine and its potential margin of error.
Contact the Law Office of David Galison, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation and to find out how we can help fight your DWI case.