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With even the slightest distraction, a simple drive can turn disastrous. Taking your eyes off the road, failing to yield to another vehicle, or having a little too much to drink before getting behind the wheel are common causes of traffic stops and in worse cases, collisions. These incidents are stressful enough without worrying if you will have to go to jail, lose your license, and for commercial drivers, lose their jobs.

If you receive a traffic ticket or are charged with a crime such as DWI, you need an experienced Long Island lawyer who can properly set your expectations and advise you on how to resolve your moving violation case involving the following charges:

  • Aggravated unlicensed operation
  • Repeat traffic offenses
  • Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
  • Commercial drivers license matters (CDL)
  • Trucking safety violations
  • Representation in DMV administrative hearings

David A. Mansfield, Attorney at Law also provides criminal defense for misdemeanor crimes. In this area as well as his traffic cases, Mr. Mansfield keeps in touch with clients throughout their cases, including handling payment of fines and court fees.

Contact the law firm to schedule your free initial consultation today.


Drunk driving offenses carry severe, often devastating penalties for convicted motorists. You need lawyer David Mansfield to advocate for your rights when you need it most. Drivers suspected of inebriation are pulled over and put through a series of tests, including a test to determine the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If your BAC is above 0.08%, you will most likely be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

If your BAC is 0.05%–0.07% or you show other evidence of impaired abilities, perhaps from prescribed drugs, you could be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI), a lower-level charge of DWI. It may be in your best interest to fight these charges every time because penalties are severe and plea bargaining may not be an option. DWAI involving drugs is a misdemeanor offense. Refusing a chemical test to assess your BAC can result in a one-year loss of license and a $500 fine.

Without vigorous and knowledgeable representation, you are likely to face the maximum penalty:

  • First offense of DWI and DWAI can incur fines of more than $1000, driver’s license revocation, and up to one year of jail time. Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) may be required for a first offense conviction, as well as the possibility of three years probation.
  • Second offense of DWI and DWAI comes with a jail term of up to four years and maximum fine of $5000 (if convicted within 10 years of first offense)
  • Conviction of a third offense of DWI or DWAI can result in up to $10,000 in fines and up to seven years in jail.

The first offense of driving is considered a misdemeanor crime, but subsequent convictions within 10 years are felonies. Call David A. Mansfield at 631-983-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.

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Speeding and reckless driving charges

Speeding tickets and reckless driving charges are serious moving violations and carry a long-running stigma on your driving record, not to mention the points on your license:

  • Speeding (1-10 MPH over posted limit): 3 points
  • Speeding (11-20 MPH over posted limit): 4 points
  • Speeding (21-30 MPH over posted limit): 6 points
  • Speeding (31-40 MPH over posted limit): 8 points
  • Speeding (more than 40 MPH over posted limit): 11 points
  • Reckless driving: 5 points

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor defense and must be handled in criminal court.

Conviction for these offenses can cost you a fortune in fines and increased insurance premiums, so it is best to consult an experienced attorney for your defense. David A. Mansfield has 30 years of experience in Long Island’s traffic laws. And he is prepared to help you, starting with a free initial consultation. If you are unable to make it to you court appearance, he can appear in court on your behalf to help you fight or reduce the charges against you. Call 631-983-4050 or contact our law firm online to schedule your first meeting to getting back on the road, worry-free.

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Driving on a suspended or revoked license

When your license is taken away from you, continuing to operate a motor vehicle is a risky move. Conviction of driving on a suspended license can get you charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor offense.

You can lose your license for an extended period of time if you are found to be driving on a revoked license. You may not have the opportunity to have your application approved for as long as three years. Contact Islandia law firm David A. Mansfield, Attorney at Law today to defend your right to share the road.

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Trucking safety violations

Businesses that require commercial drivers and trucking transport also require a knowledgeable attorney to represent them in Long Island safety violations charges, such as:

  • Weight limit violations
  • Weigh station bypass
  • Safety and equipment violations
  • Brakes, steering, suspension and tire violations
  • Unsecured or improperly secured loads
  • Speeding, reckless driving and other traffic tickets

Conviction of some of these charges can cause the driver to lose his or her commercial drivers license (CDL) and significant fines against the trucking company. A strong defense can help you keep your driving record, transportation business, and career intact. Contact the firm today for help.

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Misdemeanor criminal offenses

Attorney David Mansfield’s experience extends beyond moving violations and drunk driving defense. He also defends those arrested for misdemeanor crimes:

  • Shoplifting
  • Petty theft
  • Drug possession
  • Weapons charges

Contact our law firm for a free initial consultation and protection of your rights and freedom.

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Clear your name and your driving record. Contact the firm.

Resolving your case, getting back on the road and clearing your record are your highest priorities when facing a traffic violation. The Islandia law firm of David A. Mansfield, Attorney at Law represents motorists charged with driving infractions and misdemeanor crimes in Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Call 631-983-4050 or contact the law firm online to schedule your free initial consultation.

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    1601 Veterans Memorial Highway
    One Suffolk Square, Suite 530
    Islandia, New York 11749
    Phone: 631-234-1188
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