Protect Your Future Aggressively
A conviction for operating a vehicle impaired (OVI) – also referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI – can have a permanent negative impact on your future. Cases that involve aggravating factors such as speeding, refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test or causing the death of another person often result in incarceration.
It is critical that you hire an experienced defense attorney like ours at Patrick M. Farrell Co. L.P.A. in Brooklyn Heights. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Farrell has developed a reputation for successful defense work. From misdemeanor to felony offenses, you can rely on our firm to develop an aggressive strategy to protect your future.
What Happens At DUI Hearings?
Within five days of receiving your OVI ticket, you will appear in court for your first hearing – the arraignment. Here, you will plead guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, the judge will issue your sentence.
If you plead not guilty, you will soon attend a pre-trial hearing in which your criminal law attorney has the chance to negotiate with the prosecutor. If they do not reach a plea bargain, the next step is a motion hearing to determine which evidence should be allowed or suppressed. If this step still does not result in a plea bargain, the final step is a trial before a judge or jury.
Why You Should Not Give Up
Do not plead guilty without consulting us first. We often find ways to discredit the state’s case against his clients. For example, we have done so by challenging the results of field sobriety tests, arguing that the police violated your rights, or claiming that you did not have a BAC over the legal limit when you began driving. With us on your side, you could still have a fighting chance at getting dismissed charges, an acquittal or a mitigated sentence.
Consult A DUI/OVI Attorney Immediately
Time can make or break your fate in drunk or drugged driving cases. You need to get a lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you meet the deadlines. Call 216-661-5050 or send an email to set up a consultation with us.