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A DWI arrest can be a frightening, confusing, and frustrating situation, especially if it is your first time dealing with the criminal justice system. A conviction not only leads to serious penalties such as driver’s license suspension, fines, and even jail time, but also a criminal record that can cause significant damage to your career and personal life. That is why it is imperative to fight the charges against you with the help of an experienced lawyer.

At Jonna Spilbor Law, we can protect your rights, reputation, and future when facing DWI charges. Our Poughkeepsie DWI defense attorneys can assess your case, determine all your legal options, find weaknesses in the prosecutor’s argument, and help you either get your charges reduced or your entire case dismissed, depending on circumstances and facts unique to you. We also have the resources and experience to take your case to trial if to do so is in your best interest.

New York DWI Penalties

There are several types of alcohol and drug-related driving violations. If a person has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08 percent, he/she could be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). However, commercial drivers in a commercial vehicle with a BAC of at least .04 can be charged with a DWI.

If a person has a BAC of over .05 percent but less than .07 percent, he/she could be charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI). A person who is impaired by a controlled substance can be charged with DWAI-Drugs, while a person impaired by both alcohol and drugs can be charged with DWI-Combination.

If a person has a BAC of at least .18—which is more than double the legal limit—he/she could be charged with Aggravated DWI.

The following are the penalties for alcohol and drug-related driving crimes:

  • First DWI, DWAI-Drug, or DWAI-Combination (misdemeanor) – A maximum one-year jail sentence, fines of up to $1,000, and driver’s license revocation for at least six months.
  • Second DWI, DWAI-Drug, or DWAI-Combination within 10 years (Class E felony) – A prison sentence of up to four years, maximum $5,000 in fines, and driver’s license revocation for at least one year.
  • Third DWI, DWAI-Drug, or DWAI-Combination within 10 years (Class D felony) – A maximum seven-year prison sentence, fines of up to 10,000, and driver’s license revocation for at least one year.
  • First DWAI – A maximum 15-day jail sentence, fines of up to $500, and driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days.
  • Second DWAI within five years – A jail sentence of up to 30 days, a maximum of $750 in fines, and driver’s license revocation for at least six months.
  • Third DWAI within 10 years – A maximum 180-day jail term, fines no more than $1,500, and driver’s license revocation for at least six months.
  • First Aggravated DWI – A jail sentence of up to one year, fines not exceeding $2,500, and driver’s license revocation for at least one year.
  • Second Aggravated DWI within 10 years (Class E felony) – A maximum four-year prison term, fines no more than $5,000), and driver’s license revocation for at least 18 months.
  • Third Aggravated DWI within 10 years (Class D felony) – A maximum seven-year prison sentence, fines of up to 10,000, and driver’s license revocation for at least 18 months.

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With decades of combined experience and inclusion in the National College of DUI Defense, our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of New York criminal law to guide you through the complexities of your case. We have helped many clients obtain the most favorable results possible by providing them with aggressive and effective legal solutions. Do not hesitate to let us get your life back on the right path immediately.

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