Severe penalties accompany a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest in New York. State law and courts do not go easy on drivers accused of DWI, whether it is a first offense or a third offense. Even first-time offenders convicted of DWI in New York are required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles at their own expense. The device will measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) each time before you start your car while you have a conditional driver's license, which generally allows you to drive only to work and other limited places while your regular driver's license is suspended or revoked.

Driver's license suspension or revocation (license loss) depends on the severity of your offense, defined by:

  • Whether you were charged with a first-time offense or a successive offense within five years for certain cases or 10 years in other cases
  • Your BAC level
  • Whether you are under or over 21
    • Drivers under the age of 21 are subject to the "zero tolerance" law, which makes it illegal for under 21-year-olds to drive after consuming any alcohol. A BAC level between .02 and .07 may result in a six-month license suspension and hundreds of dollars in fines on a first offense — greater penalties for repeat offenders.
  • Whether you refused to take chemical tests
  • Whether you were driving on a suspended driver's license already

The full list of DWI penalties you will face also includes imprisonment, heavy fines, felony or misdemeanor charges, payments for driver responsibility assessments over the next three years, and alcohol assessment for certain repeat offenders.

Get Experienced Legal Advocates With A Proven Defense Record On Your Side

Our representation can be the difference between getting a conditional driver's license and losing your license for a year; the difference between minimal or no jail time and months or years in jail; and the difference between minimal fines and breaking the bank with excessive and unaffordable fines.

If you are arrested on suspicion of DWI/DUI, you may be forced to take action to retrieve your impounded vehicle. At Getz & Braverman, P.C., we have extensive experience navigating the civil forfeiture unit of the New York Police Department. We will represent your best interests in your criminal case and in Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hearings.

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If you are a doctor, nurse, stockbroker, lawyer or other licensed professional, a drunk driving conviction can put your license in jeopardy. If you are a commercial driver, a drunk driving conviction will result in the loss of your commercial driver's license for a year. Additionally, commercial drivers face much stricter standards. A BAC of .04 or higher may result in a conviction, and a repeat offense may result in a lifetime CDL revocation.

Aggressive, Responsive DWI Defense In New York City

Schedule a free initial consultation with a Bronx-based DWI attorney serving Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and surrounding areas. Please call 718-618-5567 or toll free 877-419-3070, or email us. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we make visits to clients held in custody as necessary.

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