Understanding DWI & DUI Laws in New York
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of drugs are serious matters that can have a significant impact on one’s life. New York has strict laws in place to deter individuals from driving while intoxicated and/or driving under the influence of drugs and to protect the safety of others on the roads. Understanding these laws is crucial for anyone who wants to avoid the severe consequences that come with a DWI conviction. In New York, if a motorist has a blood alcohol content (BAC) from .05 to .07, that is considered Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) by alcohol. A BAC of .08% or higher is considered driving while intoxicated (DWI), usually charged as an unclassified misdemeanor but may even be charged as a felony in certain instances. A first-offense DWI can result in fines, license suspension, and even jail time. Repeat offenders face even more severe penalties. That’s why it is essential to know the laws and make responsible decisions when it comes to drinking and driving. By doing so, we can all help make the roads safer for ourselves and others.
Exploring the Different Types of Charges and Penalties for DWI Cases
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense that can result in steep consequences that can have a lasting impact on your life. The charges and penalties for a DWI case depend on various factors, such as the level of intoxication, damage caused, and prior record. In most states, a first-time offender may face fines, license suspension, possible license revocation, ignition interlock device, vehicle forfeiture, probation and even jail time depending on several factors. Repeat offenders may face even steeper penalties. Additionally, those who cause bodily harm or property damage while driving under the influence may face more severe charges including upstate prison. It’s important to understand the different types of charges and their accompanying penalties to avoid the devastating and long-lasting effects that come with a DWI conviction.
What to Expect During Your Court Proceedings
Going to court can be nerve-wracking, especially if it’s your first time. It’s important to know exactly what to expect during the proceedings so you can be prepared and remain calm. When you arrive at the courthouse, be sure to dress appropriately and arrive early to allow time for any unforeseen delays. You’ll likely have to go through a security screening before entering the courtroom. Once inside, you’ll have to wait for your case to be called, which can take some time. When your case is called, your attorney will conference with the Judge and the local prosecutor to determine whether a plea bargain is being offered, whether the government has provided discovery (the evidence in your case) and whether you will be consenting to speedy trial.
Why You Should Contact Us Immediately
There are plenty of lawyers who claim to be “DWI Lawyers” and often, they only know the basics of DWI defense. You should contact us if you’re charged with a DWI, DWI or DWAI because Luigi Vigliotti not only has the knowledge and experience to properly defend you, it’s also critically important to hire an attorney as soon as you can because delay can be the difference between having a case dismissed and ending up with a criminal conviction. You want someone to be involved immediately so that a proper evaluation of the evidence can be made and critical strategic decisions can be made at the outset. If you or a loved one are charged with a DWI, DUI or DWAI, give us a call at 516-385-2940 or email us at LuigiVigliotti75@gmail.com. Don’t delay and waste precious time. Call us today.