What Are the Penalties for DWI in New York?
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Penalties for DWI convictions can vary widely, depending on whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony and if it is the first offense or the defendant had a prior conviction. It is imperative that you contact an experienced Carmel DUI attorney immediately when you are accused of driving under the influence. The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy serves Westchester County in addition to Putnam County, and works hard to minimize DWI penalties for all of his clients.
Penalties for DWI Offenses
- First Offense: In most cases, an initial conviction for DUI is a misdemeanor in New York. The penalties for a first offense may include probation, jail time of up to one year, a six-month driver’s license suspension, and a fine. In addition, you will need to have a drug and alcohol assessment prior to sentencing.
- Second Offense: A person charged with DWI within 10 years of the first conviction is charged with a Class E felony. The second conviction can result in jail time between 10 days and seven years, as well as 60 hours of community service. Fines can range from $1,000 to $5,000. In addition, you will be required to pay for an alcohol and drug assessment and installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
- Third Offense: If you are arrested a third time for DUI, the charge will be a Class D felony. A conviction carries a minimum sentence of 10 days, but the sentence could be as long as seven years. You will need to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle and your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of one year.
- Underage DWI: The charges and penalties for DUI for underage motorists are more severe. The typical .08% Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) required for an adult conviction does not apply to minors. An underage driver can face charges for as little as a BAC of .02%.
Serving Putnam & Westchester Counties!
A DUI conviction is serious and the consequences can follow you for years. Therefore, it is essential that you contact a Carmel DUI penalties attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Keith R. Murphy approaches each case with a profound respect for the needs and goals of each client and works hard to minimize penalties for his clients.
Time is of the essence when facing a DWI conviction. Call (845) 584-7033 to schedule a consultation with a Putnam County DUI lawyer.