The Stop-DWI Program in Westchester County in Effect

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) with alcohol or drugs is a serious charge anywhere in the US, but in Westchester County in New York, the government is taking a proactive approach to preventing serious and even fatal consequences. The Stop-DWI program was implemented in mid-2014 and already the results are encouraging.

Many people were arrested for DWI at Stop-DWI checkpoints in Westchester as well as Rockland during the holiday weekends, and the charges ranged from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the case. Many were kept in custody until they made bail, preventing them from driving while impaired and possibly saving many lives in the process. This is a promising start to a good concept if it continues to be correctly implemented.

Unfortunately, these checkpoints may also lead overzealous law enforcement officers to make unwarranted arrests, and it is easier to get arrested than to have the arrest records expunged even if the charges prove to be groundless. This has happened in many states when the pressures to crack down on DWI cases become intense. In many cases, a poorly represented defendant winds up convicted of DWI and with the criminal record that goes with it even if a viable defense exists. Such a record can have devastating professional and personal consequences that could have been avoided, as a drug crimes lawyer of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C. would be able to explain.

If you have been charged with DWI for alcohol or drugs, note that it is not the end of the world. There are many ways that you can help yourself, and the first of this is to say or admit nothing to the authorities without the benefit of legal counsel. The second and most important thing is to find an experienced lawyer in your area to protect your rights.