A DUI may cause a significant interruption to your life even if you’re not found guilty of the charge. At a minimum, you may spend several hours in a New York jail while you sober up or wait to see a judge. If you refuse to take a chemical test, your license will likely be suspended even if you are found not guilty or accept a plea deal that eliminates the DUI charge.
The immediate aftermath
You will likely be taken to jail immediately after an officer decides that there is enough evidence to take you into custody. After you are deemed to be sober enough to drive, you may be released on your own recognizance or after posting bail. Towing and impound fees will be assessed if your car had to be kept in storage while you were in custody.
If you’re convicted
If you are convicted of DUI, you will likely lose your license for several months. It’s possible that you’ll be eligible for a restricted license that allows you to drive to work or to a treatment program. After your suspension ends, it may be necessary to purchase SR-22 insurance, which is generally more expensive than traditional auto coverage. There is also a chance that you will be sentenced to several weeks, months or years in jail, and a DUI conviction may make it harder to find work or get an education.
It may be possible to obtain a favorable outcome in a DUI case by casting doubt on the evidence used to charge you with such a crime. You may also be able to get evidence suppressed, which means that it can’t be used against you at trial or during plea negotiations.