Newburgh DUI Lawyer
Newburgh DUI Law Firm
Cobb & Cobb
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Newburgh DUI Law Firm - Cobb & Cobb
83 South 9th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060
- Dutchess County, NY
- Orange County, NY
- Rockland County, NY
- Westchester County, NY
- Criminal Law - State
- Family Law
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What services do you provide?
I do mostly criminal defense and civil rights prosecution for false arrest, false imprisonment, and police abuse cases. This includes excessive force and the use of tasers and police dogs without provocation. I also do administrative hearings - liquor license violations, DWI refusal hearings, and civil trials.
Please describe your work as a criminal defense lawyer:
This is most of my practice. I really enjoy going to court, and I spend most of my time either in courtrooms or visiting prisoners at Orange County Jail. Most judges like me, although I sometimes get into trouble for defending my clients too aggressively. Since most criminal defendants do not have a lot of money, I try to provide good basic services for the least possible expense. I charge $99 for local criminal appearances,for example, no matter what the charges are. Courts that are farther away cost the same, plus a mileage surcharge.
How do you handle traffic tickets?
Most speeding tickets can be pleaded down to a lesser charge, such as parking on the shoulder or a broken speedometer. It really depends upon how bad the initial charge is, what your driving record is like, and the judge's mood. No lawyer can guarantee any results in a criminal case, but I have a good record. Sometimes I get an outstanding result, such as dismissal or a no points conviction. Other times we have to settle for a non-moving violation and afine. But I get very few complaints about how cases turn out. It's usually worth hiring a lawyer to handle even small matters, by the way, because the reduced fine and lesser conviction really helps keeps your insurance rates down. Furthermore, judges almost never give a good deal to a defendant who is representing himself or herself - they just don't know how to play the game, and the judge doesn't have a lot of patience to teach them how to play. Like in most professions, rookies generally don't do very well.
What makes a good police abuse/civil rights case?
We have a good record of winning and settling civil rights cases, but we've also lost our share. Generally, a good case has the three following factors: innocence, injury, and witnesses. That is, you got seriously hurt, it was not the result of your own wrong doing or stupidity, and there were other people who will testify about this. It sounds simple - but most cases do not have all three factors. That is why it is hard to win civil rights cases. Judges don't like them, because you are suing police officers, who are government employees just like the judge. Juries don't like them either, because they want to believe that police officers are basically good, honest, trustworthy people. They don't want to believe that cops acted maliciously, or were unfairly violent or cruel towards people in their custody. If you want to convince a jury that a cop is liable for abuse, you really have to show up with a lot of evidence and make it clear beyond a reasonable doubt that the abuse actually took place.
Why should somebody hire you as a lawyer?
We really enjoy helping our clients out, and I think we go the extra mile to provide value and good communication. Most people hate lawyers because they cost a lot of money and don't return phone calls. So, we make sure we don't charge a lot of money, and the office phone is also our home phone - this guarantees that we will answer your call. Since we live upstairs from our office, we just can't escape our clients.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester county contact the Law Office of Cobb & Cobb by calling 845-565-0500 to set up your free initial consultation.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the .
A Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A lawyer mostly deals with matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of a vary greatly from state to state and a lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for , (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a Lawyer if you already have several 's and receive another; or if your arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.