DWI & Vehicular Crimes
DWI Offenses in New York
If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated it is important that you speak to an experienced and knowledgable lawyer right away. There are serious penalties, both professionally and personally. A lot of attention has been drawn to drunk driving over the past decades. New York City and State law enforcement especially target DWIs in an attempt to reduce drunk driving. In the same vein, prosecutors will likely seek maximum penalties for those charged—penalties that continue to be expanded by new legislation.
New York Laws on DUI and DWI
As the New York Department of Motor Vehicles explains, there are a number of different criminal charges that a motorist can face if the driver is found to have drugs or alcohol in his system while behind the wheel. Apart from Vehicle and Traffic Law 1192, drivers could be charged with:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI). A motorist could be charged with a DWI if he has a .08 percent or higher blood alcohol concentration, or if he is showing other signs of being impaired by a combination of drugs and/or alcohol. A commercial driver could face DWI charges for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .04 or higher.
- Aggravated DWI: A motorist could be charged with aggravated DWI if the driver has a blood alcohol concentration of .18 or higher while operating a motor vehicle.
- Driving while ability impaired (DWAI). If a motorist has a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .07, or if a motorist otherwise appears to be impaired by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of drugs or alcohol, then the motorist could be charged with DWAI.
- Chemical test refusal: New York’s implied consent laws require motorists to submit to BAC testing if the motorist is driving on the state’s roads and there is probable cause to believe that the driver may be in violation of rules against drunk or drugged driving.
- Zero-tolerance DWI: A driver who is under the age of 21 and who has a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or higher can face consequences under New York State’s zero tolerance laws.
If a driver becomes involved in an accident while operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the driver could also face additional charges for injuring other motorists. Our experienced attorneys have achieved many hard-won victories defending DWIs, reckless driving, and other car-related charges. We have beaten cases where our clients have blown more than twice the legal limit, and have gotten not-guilty verdicts when our clients have had prior DWIs.
Out on the road, anything can happen. Maybe a cop flags you down for a breathalyzer test — and you fail. Maybe you have hit another car or a person — and without thinking, you drive away from the scene. You are now accused of criminal conduct — and your car, license, hard-earned savings, and even freedom are suddenly and gravely at risk.
Vehicular Criminal Charges
- DUI and DWI
- Driving while on a suspended or revoked license
- Reckless driving
- Fleeing from an accident
- Fleeing from a police officer
- Bench warrants
Avoid Unwanted Criminal Penalties
If you are facing charges following a DUI and/or Vehicular Crime arrest, Call and speak with an attorney at our law office. Our lawyers are capable of providing you with strong legal representation designed to help you avoid unwanted consequences. Our law firm can be depended on to keep your best interests in mind and protect your rights throughout the legal process.
You do not have to confront the allegations against you without a proven legal advocate by your side. Contact our law office immediately.
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