Understanding DWI Penalties in New York

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A DWI conviction can result in immediate and serious consequences. Drunk driving penalties in New York are severe and can have a cascading effect on your driving privileges, employment and assets. If you are arrested on suspicion of DWI, you need to contact Buffalo DWI Lawyer Arthur L. Pressman immediately. Time is critical, and we are prepared to fight for your rights, even if you have had DWI convictions in the past.

Know what charges you are up against

Knowing the situations in which you can be charged with a DWI/DUI is important. New York prosecutes those who commit the following crimes:

  • Driving while intoxicated: You may be convicted of a DWI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, and you demonstrate other evidence of intoxication.
  • Driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI-Alcohol): In New York, you may be convicted of a DWAI-Alcohol if you have a BAC of between 0.05% and 0.07% or if you show other evidence that you are impaired.
  • Driving while ability impaired by a drug other than alcohol (DWAI-Drug): This charge can result if you are found to be impaired by chemical substances other than alcohol.
  • Refusal to take a chemical test: When you refuse to take alcohol testing by blood or urine, or by a host of other means, at the very least, your license may be revoked and you’ll have to pay a $500 civil penalty.
  • Zero tolerance law: If you are a New York driver under the age of 21, you are charged with a DWI if you are found to have any traces of alcohol in your system while driving.
  • Multiple DWI convictions: Prior DWIs can lead to harsher penalties if you are convicted. Even a single prior offense can quadruple jail time and double fines.

Consequences to your driving privileges

If you are convicted in the state of New York for a DWI, DUI or DWAI, or for refusing to submit to testing, you may be subject to the following penalties:

  • Suspension or revocation of your driving privileges
  • Revocation of your drivers license (minimum one year) for refusal to take a chemical BAC test
  • Fines of up to $2,500 for a first offense
  • Fees and surcharges for a conditional license or new license application
  • Fees for any treatment/educational classes

Denying yourself the proper representation may have devastating consequences for your future, especially for multiple violations. Having a savvy, tenacious Buffalo DWI Lawyer on your side can make all the difference. Buffalo DWI Lawyer Arthur L. Pressman helps you avoid financial burdens, suspension of your license and severe criminal penalties.

Let your next decision be your best decision

Your reaction time is essential, and Buffalo DWI Lawyer Pressman can help you right away. If you or a family member is in need of a DWI Lawyer who is familiar with New York state law, contact Buffalo DWI Lawyer Arthur L. Pressman at (716) 984-1795 or online. For your convenience, our office is on the subway line, and we offer a free initial phone consultation seven days a week.

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