DWI Penalties in New York
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Being arrested for drunk driving can be a confusing and upsetting experience. The court system is complex, and it can feel like everyone and everything is against you. However, there is hope. At The Law Offices of Wilson Antonio LaFaurie, our Brooklyn DWI defense attorney has decades of experience both as a former prosecutor and now a defense lawyer. We can make sure your voice is heard and your rights are upheld as we fight to have the charges against you reduced or completely dismissed.
What's the Penalty for a First DWI?
If this is the first time you have been charged with a DWI, you may be facing penalties of up to 12 months in jail, the suspension of your driver's license for at least six months, and between $500 and $1,000 in fines. This does not include other negative effects, such as increased insurance rates and a negative blot on your driving record.
What Happens if I Get a Second DWI?
A second DWI is considered a felony offense and carries a minimum of 5 days of jail time and a maximum of 4 years in prison. In addition, you will lose your driver's license for up to 12 months and have to pay between $1,000 and $5,000 in fines.
In New York, you may also be required to submit to an alcohol evaluation, in which counselors will likely try to assign you to a treatment program. Our firm works hard to help get people out of those programs and stay out.
How Fast Can I Get My Car Back From the City?
It might take someone with no knowledge of DWI law a month or more to get a vehicle back from the city. However, a skilled attorney can often do so much faster.
In general, you must:
- Pay the impound fee
- Show that you do not need an alcohol treatment program
- Affirm that you will not sue the city for any damage to your car
What if I Have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)?
If you have a CDL, there is much more at stake than just losing your license. Your entire livelihood depends upon being able to drive a commercial vehicle. Although many attorneys have a basic understanding of DWI law, protecting a CDL calls for a real ability to litigate and a determination to not back down or compromise in court. That is where our extensive trial experience comes into play.
Get help with our team right away by calling (718) 215-9182.
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