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Common DUI Defenses in New York | What You Should Know

Do you face DUI charges? If so, please read on, then contact an experienced Spring Valley DWI defense attorney to learn what you should know about common DUI defenses in New York.

What are some common DUI defenses in New York?

By and large, defending you against a conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol gets more difficult with every time, if any, that you have previously sustained convictions for this or related offenses. However, a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney should always have a number of strategies to employ in your defense no matter how times you have been accused of driving while intoxicated. If your legal representative is worth his or her salt, he or she will likely employ one or more of the following time-honored defenses:

  • Illegal stop: Law enforcement officials have to abide by specific rules and laws when they stop you for allegedly driving while intoxicated. If they fail to do so, then they may have to reduce or dismiss your charges.
  • Medical or health issues: The manifestation and symptoms of certain medical conditions might lead to you failing a sobriety test, even if you have not been drinking or using narcotics. Furthermore, some medications can make it harder to determine your Blood Alcohol Content.
  • Unreliable testing: Standardized field sobriety tests are notoriously imprecise and should not always be relied upon. Your attorney will assess the accuracy of said tests.
  • Request evidence: Some New York police departments require their officers to record traffic stops on video. Should your attorney be able to obtain this evidence, he or she can evaluate it and determine how poorly the traffic stop was conducted as well as if the case is premised on the police officer’s word against yours.

Which is the best DUI defense strategy in New York?

That determination lies with you and you alone. While your seasoned legal representative can provide guidance and advice based on his or her experience, you will ultimately have to decide which strategy works best for you and your future. For instance, you may not want your medical history to become public knowledge. However, we would be remiss if we did not inform you that prosecutors have a fairly limited scope by which they are allowed to reduce or dismiss charges for driving while intoxicated. As such, your charges are likely to stand. Therefore, you would be well advised to use every strategy at your disposal. This may all sound complex or intimidating, but our firm will help you through this process. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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