A first-time DWI conviction can change your life in several ways. You will likely lose your driving privileges and face substantial financial loss (fines, expenses, etc.). Nothing feels worse than a first DWI experience, except perhaps second and subsequent convictions.
Each time you appear before a judge on DWI charges, you can expect the possible penalties to worsen if convicted. You may feel there is no way out of your situation, but perhaps you can show the court you deserve another chance.
What should you consider?
Since most judges have seen and heard it all, you may feel they aren’t going to care about your story. However, courts like knowing when DWI defendants try to change their lives for the better. Here are some tips to consider when appearing in court.
Avoid excuses. Whatever you say to the court, ensure it does not sound like you are making excuses for bad behavior. Be honest and respectful and listen carefully to the judge if they address you.
Show progress. If you have been addressing your alcohol use through counseling or classes, let the court know. Judges are more likely to feel sympathetic if they believe you are working on your problems.
Be vulnerable. Your DWI issues probably affect you more than anyone knows, but you may feel it’s best to project strength in court. However, a show of vulnerability and genuine remorse could convince a judge to be as lenient as possible under New York DWI laws.
Do you still need to defend yourself?
Putting your best foot forward in court may help, but it cannot replace a calculated defense strategy. For this, legal guidance can make a world of difference in the quality and effectiveness of your defense.