Unless there is a reason which prevents this, the first meeting with your Syracuse DWI lawyer will be held in his office. This meeting is introductory in nature, and is the time at which your lawyer will become acquainted with you and the specifics of your case.
Overview of the Meeting
Your lawyer will first ask you to recount all that happened in your DWI arrest. He will explain the charges that have been brought, potential penalties, and the likelihood of a successful defense. From this point your Syracuse DWI lawyer will begin developing your defense.
Recounting the Arrest
Your lawyer needs to know as much detail about your arrest as possible. He will ask you to recite the incident in chronological order, beginning before you got behind the wheel. Did you have anything to drink? How many drinks? Did you have anything to eat? How long after your last drink did you wait before driving?
You will need to continue by detailing the specifics of the arrest, including any field tests you were asked to submit to. The recitation should continue with your arrest, and end with your release from custody.
Other Pertinent Information
Your lawyer will ask you to provide general personal information such as your legal name, address, marital status, occupation, and vital statistics (height, weight, age, etc.). He will then ask you about any criminal history or prior contacts you have had with police. It is important that you be completely honest with your Syracuse DWI lawyer about this. Keep in mind that what you say to him is confidential. His effectiveness as your counsel depends upon your honesty.
Information about past police contact is important because, if you are convicted, this may be used as a basis for mandatory jail sentencing. Moreover, whether you have a criminal record will affect the potential of a plea deal. It will also affect any terms that can be negotiated in such a deal.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you need a legal hand. Call Syracuse DWI lawyer Steve Buitron for a meeting at (315) 422-1080.