Driving while intoxicated, or DWI, is a serious crime in the state of New York. If you have been charged with a DWI offense, you need to seek representation from a qualified New York DWI attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights and interests are protected. Driving while impaired (DWI) in New York isn’t a small infraction. If you are given a chemical test and found to have a blood alcohol concentration of at least .08, you could be facing some harsh consequences. DWI in New York also includes testing for drugs like marijuana. The consequences for a first offense include up to $1,000 fine plus surcharge and license revocation. If you’re found guilty of an aggravated DWI, you could be facing jail time and fines up to $2,500. If you’ve been charged with a DWI, turn to Jay Golland for help. He’s experienced in challenging DWI cases and can help you decide how best to defend or negotiate your case.
About DWI Laws in New York
The state of New York defines “Driving While Intoxicated” as operating a vehicle with evidence of intoxication or a Blood Alcohol Concentration of at least 0.08 or more. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the threshold drops to a BAC of 0.04 or alternative evidence of intoxication.
Related crimes include:
- Aggravated DWI, which is defined as operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.18 or more.
- DWAI/Alcohol, which is defined as driving with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.07 or other indications of impairment.
- DWAI/Combination, which refers to driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol.
- DWAI/Drug, which refers to driving under the influence of a drug other than alcohol.
- Refusing a Chemical Drug or Alcohol Test
- Ignition Interlock Device Violation
Penalties for DWI convictions depend on several factors, including the severity of the offense and your criminal history. However, penalties for a conviction may include:
- A fine of up to $10,000
- Jail time
- Revocation or suspension of your driver’s license
- Ignition Interlock Device Requirements
Consequences for DWI convictions are typically more severe if you have committed multiple offenses within a 25-year period. Penalties will also be more significant if you caused injuries or property damage while you were driving under the influence drugs or alcohol.
Common DWI Defenses and Plea Bargaining
Just because you’ve been arrested and charged with a DWI, doesn’t mean you’re guilty. If there were mistakes made during your arrest, they can help fight the charges or assist in negotiating a reduction. Common issues include Miranda right violations, Probable Cause for stop or arrest, improper administration of sobriety tests, breath tests or blood tests.
There are other aspects that factor into a DWI defense. For example, perhaps the breathalyzer was not properly maintained. Maybe your slurred speech was due to other circumstances. Attorney Jay Golland is skilled at evaluating the evidence in DWI cases and at creating reasonable doubt in the mind of the judge and court.
Attorney Jay Golland can help you decide whether to fight a case or attempt to negotiate a plea to a lesser offense. Attorney Jay Golland knows what to do for a DWI based on the evidence and circumstances. He works hard to negotiate with the prosecution on your behalf for the best outcome.
If you’ve been charged with a DWI, don’t plead guilty without first speaking with attorney Jay Golland. Give yourself time to let him gather the evidence and evaluate the circumstances surrounding your arrest. This way, you get an experienced DWI attorney who can explain all of your options. There just may be details and circumstances that can lead to a strong defense in your case.
- Aggravated DWI
- DWI vs. DWAI
- Field Tests
- Test Refusals
- DWAI Drugs
- Breathalyzer Tests
- Suspension Pending Prosecution
- Intoxilyzer Tests
- License Suspension vs. Revocation
- Hardship License vs. Conditional License
- DWI Per Se vs. DWI Common Law
- Felony DWI vs. Misdemeanor DWI
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Being convicted of a DWI or related offense can affect your life in many ways. Because the penalties for these crimes are so severe, it is wise to consult with a qualified lawyer as soon as you know you will be facing a charge. A lawyer who has experience dealing with these charges can give you the best possible chance of either avoiding a conviction or reducing your sentence.
Contact YOUR DWI lawyer in Rockland County, New York to help you with your case. Contact Jay Golland, Attorney at Law
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DWI in the state of New York, Attorney Jay Golland can help. Contact Jay Golland, Attorney at Law, to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you!