DWI

Carmel Hamlet DWI Lawyer

Serving the Accused in Putnam & Westchester Counties

A DWI/DUI is a very serious charge that, if convicted, can have a profound impact on a person’s life. It could limit employment and housing options significantly, and, in the event of felony DWI/DUI, have even harsher consequences down the line.

Choosing legal representation swiftly and decisively is critical to the success of your case, and at The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy, you will find a dedicated Carmel DWI/DUI lawyer with an impressive track record of defending clients throughout Putnam and Westchester County. Whether you are trying to keep your license from being suspended, have been charged with multiple DUIs, or are underage and trying to determine how to proceed, Attorney Murphy has what you need to build a strong case in your favor.

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Attorney Murphy provides tailored, fully personalized legal services to his clients, ensuring that each and every individual is treated with respect and dignity and is given the uniquely customized legal strategy they need to succeed. This Carmel DWI/DUI lawyer is available to clients 24/7 for their convenience.

If you are looking for excellence, diligence, and integrity, look no further than The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy. Call today at (845) 584-7033 to schedule your free consultation.

There are several topics which The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy can help you address, including:

What is the Difference Between a DWI and DWAI in Carmel, New York?

DWI/DUI and DWI may be used interchangeably. While DWI (driving while intoxicated) is the official legal term used in the state of New York, DWI/DUI refers to the same charge. This is the charge that most people are familiar with: if you are found to be driving while having a blood-alcohol content (BAC) exceeding .08% for those aged 21+ and .02% for those underage, you could be facing DWI charges.

DWI, or driving while intoxicated, refers specifically to intoxication due to alcohol. If you are 21 years or older, you can be charged with DWI if your blood alcohol concentration is found to be at or above .08%. The BAC necessary for a conviction is lower in the case of those driving commercial vehicles or who are under the legal drinking age of 21. A DWAI, meanwhile, is driving while ability impaired. It is technically considered a traffic offense, and is a somewhat lesser offense than the DWI/DUI. You could be charged with a DWAI if you are below the .08% BAC limit but the officer still believes you to be impaired. This can also include impairment from drugs.

A DWAI (driving while ability impaired) charge is slightly more open to interpretation. You could be charged with a DWAI/Alcohol, DWAI/Drugs, or DWAI/Combination. A DWAI/Alcohol charge, though still very serious, is considered a traffic violation, as opposed to a criminal charge as a standard DWI would be. These charges may be brought against someone below the legal BAC limit for a DWI but the officer feels is nonetheless dangerously impaired. A DWAI/Drugs charge, however, is a criminal charge brought against a driver operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs.

 

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Have a question?

  • DUI and DWI may be used interchangeably. While DWI (driving while intoxicated) is the official legal term used in the state of New York, DUI refers to the same charge. This is the charge that most people are familiar with: if you are found to be driving while having a blood-alcohol content (BAC) exceeding .08% for those aged 21+ and .02% for those underage, you could be facing DWI charges.

    A DWAI (driving while ability impaired) charge is slightly more open to interpretation. You could be charged with a DWAI/Alcohol, DWAI/Drugs, or DWAI/Combination. A DWAI/Alcohol charge, though still very serious, is considered a traffic violation, as opposed to a criminal charge as a standard DWI would be. These charges may be brought against someone below the legal BAC limit for a DWI but the officer feels is nonetheless dangerously impaired. A DWAI/Drugs charge, however, is a criminal charge brought against a driver operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs.

  • New York, as well as many other states, has an implied consent law. This means that your choice to drive within state lines is an agreement to take a chemical test of blood, breath, or urine to determine your BAC if it is requested by law enforcement that you do so. However, the officer may not physically compel you to do so. If you refuse, you could be facing penalties such as a mandatory license suspension of one year and a fine of $500 or more. Commercial drivers face even harsher penalties.
  • There are several best practices during and immediately after an arrest for DWI:

    • Despite the obvious challenges, be polite and courteous to the officer(s) on the scene and do not resist arrest, but do not say anything that could incriminate yourself either.
    • Be observant and take note of anything that could be a violation of your rights. These things could help build your defense!
    • Act quickly after your arrest in seeking the help of a dedicated Carmel DUI attorney. Contrary to popular belief, the police are allowed to lie to you. Instead of guessing or hoping, bring someone to your defense who has a comprehensive understanding of the law surrounding DWI and your best interests at heart.

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