Imagine you are driving home after a party. You had a few drinks but you feel fine. You mistakenly make a turn without signaling or you swerve over the center yellow line. The police pull you over. The police officer asks you for your driver’s license and registration. The officer senses something is wrong and he asks you to exit the vehicle. You have the following features:
-Bloodshot and watery eyes
-Strong smell of alcoholic beverage on your breath
-Unsteadiness on your feet
The police officer is going to ask you if you’ve been drinking. He will want you to take a field sobriety test, a screening test and a breathalyzer exam. Regardless of your consent to these exams, you will be arrested for operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Not only may you obtain a criminal record for this offense, but your privileges to drive in the State of New York will be suspended. Refusal to consent to a breathalyzer exam will result in the immediate suspension of your driving privileges.
The Law Offices of Charles Andrew Miller will aggressively protect your rights before the New York City Criminal Courts in cases involving the operation of a vehicle.
We will also represent you at NYC Traffic Bureaus regarding any traffic tickets or infractions you may receive in New York City.
We are available to represent you regarding parking tickets and other traffic infractions committed within the jurisdiction of any local village courts:
All of these vehicle crimes, infractions or parking tickets can negatively affect your insurance premiums and the involvement of Department of Motor Vehicles points can lead to the suspension of your license in New York State.
You need a lawyer who can effectively negotiate on your behalf, and someone who can guide you through the waters of the local and state courts.
Consider the following scenario:
Imagine you are out driving with your spouse and your children on a quiet Sunday afternoon and you inadvertently go through a stop sign or have a broken tail-light. The police full you over. They run your Department of Motor Vehicle Abstract, a report card of your driving record. Remember that ticket you got last year for an expired meter? You never paid the ticket, never bothered to contest the ticket. Your license was suspended.
In New York City, the police will place handcuffs on you in front of your family. You will be placed under arrest for driving with a suspended license. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles offers the promise of a driver’s license for millions of New Yorkers, but it can also bring very serious consequences for violating the state’s Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL). Common driving offenses include:
VTL 319-Operating a vehicle without insurance
VTL 511-Driving with a Suspended License
VTL 600-Leaving the scene of an accident
VTL 1111-Failure to stop for a red light
VTL 1172-Failure to stop for a stop sign
VTL 1174-Failure to stop for a school bus
VTL 1192-Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs