DWI Defense for Deaf People

Rochester Civil Rights Lawyers

DWI Charges Can Escalate When the Driver Is a Deaf Person

With a large and active community of deaf and hard-of-hearing people, Rochester and Monroe County sometimes encounter unintended problems when a police officer or sheriff's deputy pulls over a deaf driver for DWI or another suspected traffic violation.

If you need legal advice about the rights of the deaf or hearing impaired in the aftermath of a DWI arrest, contact a defense lawyer at Michalski Militello LLP. With offices in Rochester and Avon, we're convenient to clients in Monroe County, Livingston County and other Upstate New York communities. We're also aware of the difficulties deaf people can run into when pulled over in traffic stops.

Call Michalski Militello for Defense Advice in DWI Cases Against Deaf Drivers

If you don't have a deaf driver visor sign plainly visible in your car, the police won't know about your hearing impairment, and they'll often overreact if you don't comply with their instructions properly or fast enough. As a result, many deaf drivers face additional charges of resisting arrest or obstruction of justice together with a DWI charge. In extreme cases of miscommunication, a serious charge of assault or fleeing and eluding can result from the police contact.

Our attorneys know how to sort out the confusing details that can surround an arrest of a deaf person on a drunk driving charge. We'll work with the prosecution to see if we can trim back the charges and keep the case in a sensible perspective. Then we'll develop and present the defense best suited to protecting you from the worst consequences of a DWI conviction.

In extreme situations, we can consider the possibility of a state or federal civil rights action to compensate you for injuries suffered through police misconduct or overreaction. Examples include:

  • Police brutality
  • Excessive force
  • Malicious prosecution
  • False imprisonment

Our ability to litigate both the civil and criminal aspects of a legal problem under the right facts can go far toward protecting your rights.

For more information about the scope of our practice on behalf of deaf or hearing impaired persons in Upstate New York, contact Michalski Militello in Rochester or Avon.