Driving while intoxicated, or DWI, is a very serious charge in the state of New York and can come along with some life-changing penalties if you are convicted. By definition, DWI is often a charge that is brought at the discretion of the officer, and therefore is frequently debated in court. What one office might see as illegal impairment, another might find to be acceptable. If you are being charged with DWI in New York state, you need to contact an experienced an capable attorney right away. David Galison has worked on many of these cases in the past, and would love to defend you and stand up for your rights.
While each DWI case is unique and will be heard by the court on an individual basis, there are punishment guidelines in the state of New York that outline what kind of penalties you are possibly facing.
If you are convicted of driving while intoxicated for the first time, the penalty can include a fine of $500 – $1,000, a revoked license for six months, an ignition interlock device being placed on your car, and up to a year in prison. Those are all serious penalties and can have a profound impact on the rest of your life.
Previous DWI within 10 Years
If you are convicted of DWI while you still have a previous conviction on your record within the last 10 years, the punishments will go up. You can face a fine of between $1,000 – $5,000, an ignition lock on your car, one year of a revoked license, and up to four years in prison.
Two or More Previous Convictions within 10 Years
Obviously, the punishments at this point will be the most severe. A conviction in this case can lead to a fine of between $2,000 – $10,000, the ignition lock system, 18 months without a license, and up to seven years behind bars.
It should be rather clear at this point why you need to retain legal council if you are being charged with DWI. The punishments for a conviction are very serious, and you will be facing the reality of having the rest of your life affected by these charges. Call our office today at 516-242-4477 for a free consultation and we will be happy to discuss how David Galison can work to defend you in this case.