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DWI Penalties

Severe Penalties for DWI in New York State

Driving while intoxicated is a very serious crime that takes place when a driver operates a motor vehicle while over the legal limit for alcohol, .08. This type of measurement can be made through a variety of testing methods such as urine, blood testing or the well-known breathalyzer test. New York is an implied consent state which means that anyone who drives on a road in the state implies consent to submit to a blood alcohol content test, if one is requested by a member of law enforcement. Since the BAC test is one of the main points of evidence in any DWI case it is crucial to enlist the services of an experienced Long Island DWI lawyer who knows how to defend against it.

A first-time DWI offense can impose fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 with a minimum license suspension of 6 months and jail sentences up to 1 year. Other potential penalties include the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, or IID in addition to others. A motor vehicle driver convicted of a second DWI offense in New York will be charged with a class E felony which imposes jail sentences up to 4 years, fines ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, license suspension for a minimum of one year, 30 days community service, mandatory IID installation in the driver's vehicle, and more. Third offenses become a felony class D charge with up to 7 years in jail, 60 days community service, fines from $2,000 to $10,000, IIS installation in the convicted driver's vehicle and others. When the offense is committed with a passenger who is under 16 years of age, a class E felony is levied.

How to Avoid DWI Penalties

Avoiding DWI penalties may be a complicated and challenging process, but it can be done with the right attorney. Jacoby & Jacoby are dedicated to providing the highest level of DWI defense services to those charged with a range of crimes including DWI. We work closely with all clients to determine the best strategy moving forward, and we'll fight to see that you receive a fair and aggressively-defended trial.

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