Long Island DWI & DUI Offense Attorney

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) in New York State can be a serious offense, even if it’s your first time. Depending on the circumstances, a DWI offense in New York can put you in jail, especially if it aggravated DWI, or a multiple offense. There are some particulars that you need to understand about New York DWI law, what the penalties are, and what your rights are.

Alcohol-Related Violations in New York State

Driving while intoxicated is a crime and depending on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the amount of food eaten with the alcohol consumption, the length of time alcohol was imbibed, your body weight and gender, these all affect your judgment and coordination in the ability to drive a car. The following describes what alcohol violations in New York are based on:

  • DWI – .08 BAC or higher
  • Aggravated DWI – more than .05 BAC 2.07 BAC
  • DWAI/drug – driving while ability impaired by a single substance (other than alcohol)
  • Refusal of Chemical Test – a driver who refuses to take a BAC test
  • Zero Tolerance Law – a driver under the age of 21 years who has a BAC of .02

First-Time Offense

The DWI laws in New York can be very rigid even for first-time offenders. Here are some of the possible DWI penalties for a first-time offense:

  • Fines between $500 and $1000
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Minimum 6 month license suspension
  • Mandatory alcohol screening
  • Mandatory surcharge payment
  • Community service

If the accused was operating a vehicle with a minor child present, the charge is considered either a class D felony or class E felony depending on if the minor child was injured or not. In the case of an injury to a minor child under a class E felony, the defendant will have his or her records automatically sent to a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for the state of New York. Your attorney must be experienced and prepared for each individual case scenario when facing a DWI in New York.

Our Firm Realizes Success Based on Results

The success rate of our past cases stand as examples of our law firm’s expertise and skill in each and every individual case. If you find yourself facing DUI or DWI charges in New York, our experienced attorneys can guide you through the very intimidating legal process and help you build an aggressive defense that may potentially reduce fines, keep your driver’s license and save your job, and possibly keep you out of jail and/or off probation. Give us a call today, the first consultation is always free!