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Have you been arrested for driving while intoxicated from alcohol and/or drugs? As in all states across the country, DWI in New York is a serious matter than can affect your freedom, wallet, and future. While facing a DWI conviction may seem inevitable, that is not the case. As in any criminal charge, defenses do exist which can be used to your benefit. However, you will need the services of a criminal defense attorney experienced in the complex technical as well as legal aspects of DWI defense.

At McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC, you can bring your case to a seasoned trial lawyer who is well-versed in New York’s DWI laws, court procedure, and various defense strategies. Our firm will thoroughly investigate your arrest, analyzing all of the facts, police procedure and conduct, and other information to create and advance the most effective defense strategy available. We have handled hundreds of trials and thousands of criminal cases in the local courts all of which can work to your benefit. Experience is crucial in any criminal matter; we urge you to take advantage of the vast experience we bring to your case.

DWI arrest? Reach out to McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC at (845) 209-1355 for the help you need today. Hablamos español.

Types of DWI Charges in New York

New York has several types of driving while intoxicated charges based on different scenarios of this offense.

These charges include:

  • DWI for adults with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent up to .17 percent or other evidence of intoxication

  • DWI for commercial license holders with a BAC of .04 percent or more or other evidence of intoxication

  • DWI for those under 21 with a BAC of .02 percent or more

  • Aggravated DWI with a BAC of .18 percent or higher

  • DWAI/Alcohol (Driving While Ability Impaired) for adults with a BAC of .05 percent up to .07 percent

  • DWAI by a single drug or combination of drugs

  • Refusal to submit to a chemical test

Penalties

Your penalties will vary according to the charges above. A first-offense DWI carries the administrative penalty of the loss of your license of up to six months. It also carries up to a year in jail and/or a fine ranging from $500 up to $1,000. You will also be required to observe a term of probation during which time you may be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for six months up to a year. During your license revocation, you may be eligible for a conditional license if you participate in a rehabilitation program. Generally, you must submit to substance abuse screening. If substance abuse is found, you will be ordered to an assessment and potential treatment.

Second, third, and subsequent offenses within a specific time period as well as aggravated DWI will result in more serious consequences with longer license suspensions, steeper fines, and jail or prison time. In cases where you caused a serious injury or death, felony charges will likely result. In those cases, you may face up to 20 years in prison. If you leave the scene of an accident while driving while intoxicated, you can face multiple charges of DWI as well as hit-and-run.

In all DWI cases, you will also face mandatory surcharges as well as steeper auto insurance premiums as well.

Turn to Our Capable & Dedicated Legal Team

Our firm understands the high stakes involved in any DWI arrest. We use all of our talents, skills, and resources to help minimize the consequences. We know what to look for in uncovering legal and technical errors that can work in your favor. Our priority is to help you preserve your driving record and privileges as well as to avoid a criminal offense which can deeply impact the future. Your chances for a positive outcome will depend on the quality of your legal representation – you can trust the competence of our Poughkeepsie DWI defense attorneys.

Contact us for committed legal support at (845) 209-1355 or through our online request form.

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