Monday, March 11, 2013

Is Your DWI Attorney Leaving You High and Dry?

High and Dry Sucks! from

I love clever and succint expressions, I guess I am getting older (my kids say getting OLD). But think about American English, it has so many clear idiomatic phrases, like being left "high and dry."

If you are left high and dry, someone has left you alone without help or assistance to fend for yourself when you really need it. It comes from an old shipping term, when ships were beached "high and dry" without water. I do not want my clients to be "beached and helpless."

At the end of every DWI case there are many forms, papers, and obligations to the Court, the New York DMV, and maybe even the District Attorney. Helping you understand and fulfill these is part of the job of your attorney. I get a great many calls from people without a clue about what comes next. I'm kinda like the guy that fixes the $5.00 haircuts.

When people ask me, so what are you going to do that the public defender and/or that much cheaper lawyer down the block is not going to do for me.

My # 1 and only point!

I am not going to leave you HIGH and DRY.

A recent Aggravated DWI case (reduced) in Schuyler County, the Court did not tell him who to contact next, no number, no timeline, no resources, where to go, when to go, etc.

My closing summary (four pages) plus my availability (counsel) to answer questions, this is a mere piece of that:

The Court imposed a Conditional Discharge where certain conditions must be met, a C.D. is in lieu of jail time and/or three years of probation supervision:

1. No new crimes and/or offenses for one year.
2. A fine of 590.00 and NYS surcharge of $485 on the VTL violation, for a total of $1075.00, to pay.
3. You will be assessed a DMV Surcharge of $250/year for three years. The DMV will send you an invoice letter.
4. You will enroll and complete the DDP, Drinking Driver Program, and obtain a Conditional License.
5. As we discussed, you are required to get an Ignition Interlock Device placed upon your car within 10 days, March 21, 2013.

Please Notify the Schuyler County Probation IID Monitor ASAP (you have 3 days).

Chris Rosno
Director of Schuyler County Probation
105 Ninth St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Call Intoxalock make an appt, Phone (877) 777-5020, location 6800 Route 415 South Bath, NY 14810

6. Victim Impact Panel, 03/27/13, 630PM Tompkins County Courthouse
Contact ASAP to schedule: Michelle Barber
Address: 320 North Tioga Street, 3rd Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-274-5461
Fax: 607-274-5429
They will breath test you at the door.

plus information on auto insurance, and DDP, and Interlocks, and Canada, and and

You get my point. If you think you will get this from the large majority of attorneys (practicing in any area) you are sadly mistaken.

Lawrence (Larry) Newman

Doctor of Chiropractic
Attorney and Counselor at Law

Ithaca, NY