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New York’s drunk driving laws are among the strictest in the nation. A driving while intoxicated conviction could upend your life by sentencing you to jail, prison, or probation. If convicted of DWI, you may lose your driver’s license. You may face heavy fines and surcharges, in addition to higher automobile insurance rates. You may even have to blow into an interlock ignition device (IID) to start your car. Enrollment in a Drunk Driving Program and attendance at a Victim Impact Panel are other potential consequences.

What We Can Do for You

Tully Rinckey PLLC’s DWI defense team includes a former prosecutor and public defender. Together, the attorneys on the team have over 40 years of experience practicing criminal law. We have defended drivers throughout upstate New York in hundreds of felony and misdemeanor cases. The experienced DWI lawyers at Tully Rinckey PLLC will fight for you. Call today.

Often what separates a driver from the harshest punishments is an effective criminal defense lawyer. The DWI attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC in Buffalo, N.Y. have devoted their careers to criminal defense and are experienced in representing drivers charged with DWI, driving while ability impaired (DWAI), and aggravated driving while intoxicated (ADWI).

During your free initial consultation, a DWI attorney in will assess your case, inform you of your rights, and identify the best options for your defense. A lawyer can be reached 24/7.

Drug & Alcohol Motor Vehicle Violations

DWI > 0.08% BAC
ADWI > 0.18% BAC
DWI/Child > 0.08% BAC or drug impairment with a child under 16 years old in the vehicle
DWAI/Alcohol 0.05% BAC to 0.07% BAC
DWAI/Drug Drug impairment
DWAI/Combination Combination of drug and alcohol impairment
Chemical Test Refusal Refusal to take a chemical test (e.g. breath, blood, urine)
Zero Tolerance Law Driver under 21 years of age with a 0.02% BAC to 0.07% BAC
BAC: Blood Alcohol Content

We know the stakes are high when you are charged with DWI, DWAI, or ADWI. Your job may be on the line or your good standing in the community may be at risk. We want to protect your rights. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation with a Buffalo, N.Y. DWI lawyer. Tully Rinckey PLLC’s lawyers have years of experience helping Western New Yorkers fight DWI charges. Our strategy for helping you may include:

  • Providing advice and opinions before and after arraignment
  • Exploring whether the police had a valid, legal reason to pull you over
  • Determining if a breathalyzer test was properly performed and performed in a timely fashion
  • Ensuring law enforcement officers properly conducted the field sobriety test in accordance to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s standardized methods
  • Emphasizing in court the extreme hardships a license suspension would impose on a driver
  • Disputing the validity of a chemical test at a Pringle Hearing
  • Challenging unlawful searches and seizures and evidence gathered through such illegal means
  • Attempting to secure a more lenient sentence by raising mitigating factors

DWI Involving Underage Drivers & Commercial Drivers

Tully Rinckey PLLC’s DWI attorneys in Buffalo, N.Y. are experienced in representing underage and commercial drivers accused of driving drunk. If you are under 21 years old and have been charged with DWI, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will likely handle your case, as opposed to a criminal court. Nevertheless, drivers below the drinking age could still lose their license and be hit with heavy fines in this administrative process, and it is crucial they are represented by an experienced DWI lawyer.

For drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL), the stakes are especially high. Not only will they face jail time and heavy fines, they stand to lose their livelihood. They could be deemed ineligible for a CDL or have their license permanently revoked if they have prior DWI convictions. Call Tully Rinckey PLLC’s DWI attorneys in Buffalo, N.Y. to protect your rights and defend your livelihood.

The criminal defense attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC in Buffalo, N.Y. can serve people throughout Western New York, including Buffalo, West Seneca, Lackawanna, Cheektowaga, Depew, North Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, and Lockport. To schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer, call us at 716-439-4700 or e-mail at

For urgent legal matters, call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 716-439-4700. We are responsive to the needs of our current and prospective clients and will respond to phone calls within business hours. We respond to e-mails within business hours on the same day. For the quickest response, call us.

During normal business hours, our client relations team can help put potential clients in contact with lawyers who can address their legal concerns. Anyone who calls or e-mails us after hours should expect to hear from us during the next business day.

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