Poughkeepsie DWI Defense Lawyer
Defending Those Facing DWI Charges in Dutchess County
Have you been arrested for driving while intoxicated or impaired 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 procedures, and various defense strategies. Our Poughkeepsie DWI defense attorneys will thoroughly investigate your arrest, analyzing the facts, police procedure and conduct, and other information to create and advance the most effective defense strategy available. We have handled thousands of criminal cases in the local courts. Experience is crucial in any criminal matter; we urge you to take advantage of the vast experience we bring to your case.
Have you been arrested for a DWI? Call McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC today at (845) 209-1355 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our DWI defense lawyer in Poughkeepsie. Hablamos español.
What Are the 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
- Zero Tolerance violations 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
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 could also be placed under probation supervision for up to three years. Every DWI conviction in New York State comes with a one-year Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement, during which time you are required to install and maintain an IID in every vehicle you own or operate. 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 treatment is recommended, you will be required to complete it.
Second and Third DWI Offenses
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, potential felony convictions, probation, 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 substantial prison time. If you leave the scene of an accident while driving while intoxicated, you can face multiple charges of DWI as well as charges for leaving the scene of a property damage or personal injury accident for your ”hit and run.”
In all DWI cases, you will also face mandatory surcharges and could be subjected to steeper auto insurance premiums as well.
Contact Our DWI Defense Attorney Today
Our firm understands the high stakes involved in any DWI arrest. Our Poughkeepsie DWI defense attorneys use their talents, skills, experience, 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 conviction, which can seriously impact your future.
Contact McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa & Patterson PLLC today to get started on your defense with our Poughkeepsie DWI defense lawyer.