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Rochester Criminal Defense Lawyer

Rochester DWI Attorney

Put the Experience of a Trained Prosecutor on Your Side

Whiskey and car keys -  Rochester DWI attorney In New York, driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that could result in severe penalties. If you were charged with a Monroe County DWI, it is crucial to seek the legal counsel from a seasoned Rochester DWI lawyer who can guide you through the process.

I am attorney Christopher K. Rodeman, and I am committed to helping protect the rights and driving privileges of individuals who were arrested for a DWI/DUI. Backed by over 20 years of experience, I know the law and the various defenses that can be brought up in these types of cases. I will work tirelessly toward getting your charges reduced or dismissed to minimize the impact of a conviction on your life.

Arrested for DWI in Monroe County? Contact our firm today to speak with our experienced DWI attorney in Rochester about your case.

Why Do Clients Choose My Firm?

  • Free Consultations
  • Around-the-Clock Availability
  • Payment Plans and Flat-Fees for DWI Cases
  • Aggressive Legal Counsel from Start to Finish

Potential Consequences of a DWI Conviction in New York

In New York, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more is illegal and could result in a DWI/DUI arrest. Additionally, if you are caught operating a vehicle with a BAC of .18 or higher, you could face an aggravated DWI charge, which is penalized by harsher punishments.

Being found guilty of a DWI/DUI could result in jail time, fines, and a driver’s license revocation, which could affect your finances, relationships, and ability to take care of everyday tasks. Also, the conviction information may show up on your criminal record, making it difficult to find employment.

I understand the life-changing consequences of a conviction, and I am committed to providing the dedicated representation you need to defend your case.

While each arrest is different, the following penalties could be brought if you are found guilty of DWI in Monroe County.

First-Time DWI

  • Up to 1 year of jail time
  • Fines between $500 and $1000
  • Minimum license suspension of 6 months

Second-Time DWI

  • Up to 4 years of jail time
  • Fines up to $5,000
  • Up to 1 year license suspension

Third-Time DWI

  • Up to 7 years of jail time
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Minimum of 1 year license suspension

Other Possible Penalties

  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Completion of Alcohol education courses
  • Installation of Ignition Interlock Device (IID) at your expense

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is a DWI/DUI checkpoint?

A:Sometimes called a sobriety checkpoint, a DUI checkpoint is a designated location where law enforcement officers stop and check drivers to determine if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Question: Can I refuse a chemical test?

A: YES! – You can choose to refuse a chemical test. The upside is that you are limiting the evidence against you. Without a breath test result, it may be very difficult for the Prosecution to convict you of driving while intoxicated. However, choosing to refuse a chemical test, or breathalyzer can result in your license being revoked for 1 year if deemed a “proper refusal” after a Department of Motor vehicle’s Refusal Hearing, and a DMV Drivers Penalty of $750.00 can be asses against you before you reinstate your license when you are eligible to do so again.

Question: What happens if I'm arrested for DWI?

A: The exact legal process you face will vary depending on your particular situation. In general, you can expect the following things after an officer has pulled you over and determined you’ve been operating your vehicle under the influence:

  • Your vehicle can be impounded
  • You will be taken into custody and booked for driving while intoxicated
  • You might have to pay bail before being released
  • Your license will be temporarily suspended
  • You will have to appear in court on numerous occasions.
  • You may have to take your matter to Trial
Question: What are the common penalties for DWI?

A: Common DWI penalties include:

  • Expensive fines
  • Your conviction remains on your driving record for a specified period of time
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
  • Mandatory enrollment in and attendance of an alcohol or drug counseling program
  • Time in jail – up to 1 year for a misdemeanor and punishable by State Prison for a Felony
Question: Is a DWI charge a misdemeanor or felony?

A: How your charge is treated will depend on the specific details of your case. Generally, a DWI conviction will be a misdemeanor when:

  • Your BAC wasn’t too far over the legal limit
  • No one was injured or died due to your DWI charge
  • You don't have any previous convictions on your record

DWIs that are treated as felonies tend to involve

  • Minor passengers in the vehicle
  • Previous DWI convictions – within 10 years
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
Question: Will I have a criminal record if I am charged with DWI?

A: The short answer is yes, you will have a criminal record if you are charged for DWI. Driving while intoxicated is a criminal offense, and therefore, will go on your criminal record. However, depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be eligible to have your charge expunged from your record. If you have been charged with DWI, you should speak with an experienced Rochester DWI attorney about how to expunge your criminal record and restore your reputation.

Getting Out of Jail

For most individuals charged with DWI as a first-time offender, he or she will be issued an appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date for arraignment. It is important to have a qualified Rochester DWI attorney with you at the arraignment date in order to protect your rights and preserve your driving privileges. For other individual with more aggravating circumstances, such as an accident with injuries, it is not uncommon for you to be arraigned without an attorney. At the end of your arraignment in court, the judge can set bail, which is a deposit that is designed to secure your presence in court at future appearances. That deposit is generally returned to you after your case is resolved. For a first-time DWI offender, bail is usually set between $500 and $1,000, though it generally depends on the specifics of your case. If you are unable to afford bail, you can get a bail bond. The bondsman will loan you the amount you need in exchange for about 10% of the loan.

Fighting a DWI

Many individuals submit themselves to defeat after being arrested for a DWI. Remember, you can fight these charges. In fact, it is not uncommon for individuals to challenge a DWI and win for various reasons, whether there was an issue with testing, or your results were compromised in some other way. That said, this is not a step you can take on your own. To effectively fight DWI charges, it is imperative that you hire a qualified DWI defense attorney who has experience and a track record of success.

If you plead guilty to your DWI charges, you will, of course, be convicted of these charges and face the penalties. Even if your Rochester DWI attorney cannot win your case, he or she can still stand a good chance of substantially reducing the penalties, so you can move forward with your life and leave this incident in the past where it belongs.

Flat-Fee Payment Options. Free Case Consultations.

Recognizing that every case is unique, I will work closely with you to understand your particular circumstances and develop a legal strategy to fight charges. I will examine every detail of your situation – reviewing reports, records, statements, and other evidence – to challenge the prosecutor’s case against you. I have successfully obtained favorable outcomes for past clients, and I am prepared to do the same for you.

Click to View My Past Case Results

  • DWI – Dismissed without Trial
  • DWI with .16 BAC and Failed Sobriety Test – Reduced to Traffic Infraction
  • DWI with Speeding and Evading Police – Reduced to Traffic Infraction

Want immediate answers to your questions or concerns after a DWI arrest? Call our Rochester DWI attorney at (585) 928-4193 today.

Why You Should Hire Us

Experience the Christopher K. Rodeman Difference
  • Free Initial Consultations

    You will receive one-on-one assistance, knowledgeable counsel, and even 24/7 emergency availability.

  • Payment Plans for Clients

    We can offer affordable solutions to accommodate any obstacle, in and out of the courtroom.

  • Flat-Rate Fees for DWI Cases

    The moment you are arrested or charged with a DWI offense, it is imperative that you immediately retain the assistance of a dedicated attorney.

  • 20 Years of Experience

    Mr. Rodeman is a former Special Assistant District Attorney and Supervisor for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.