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Driving While Intoxicated
Are you facing charges for driving while intoxicated in New York?
Our driving while intoxicated, or DWI / DUI defense lawyers are professional New York DWI defense lawyers. All we do is represent drivers accused of traffic crimes and infractions, including NY VTL § 1192, DWI / DUI. If you have been arrested or received tickets for DWI, call us at Palumbo & Associates to speak to an experienced DUI defense attorney.
Driving while intoxicated, also known as “DWI” or “DUI”is likely the most serious criminal charge the average person will likely face. Being arrested for DWI is a very serious matter. The law has changed to the point where in some cases a prosecutor’s ability to make a plea offer is limited. Moreover, if a persons blood alcohol content, or “BAC” is .18 or more the charge is the enhanced misdemeanor of aggravated DWI. A second DWI arrest when if you have been convicted of DWI within the past 10 years is a felony DUI charge, and if you have a minor in the vehicle you will likewise be charged with felony DUI.
There is no “legal limit” for DWI
One great myth is that a person’s BAC must be above a certain limit before they are considered intoxicated. However, the opposite is true. If a person’s blood alcohol content [“BAC”] is .08. or more they are intoxicated per se. This means that no matter how well they were driving they are still considered intoxicated. The law on this issue is contained in NY VTL § 1192(3). However, even at a lower blood alcohol content or if a motorist refuses to provide a breath sample they can still be convicted of driving while intoxicated on the police officer’s observations. This is called “common law” DUI, and is found in NY VTL § 1192(2).
The lesser charge of Driving While Ability Impaired
DWI is a misdemeanor and therefore a crime. A lesser and included charge of DWI is driving while ability impaired, or “DWAI”. Driving while ability impaired contained in NY VTL § 1192(1). While it is not a crime but a violation, a plea to the violation of DWAI will still result of loss of driving privileges as well as the requirement that you enroll in the NYS DMV Drinking Driving Program, or “DDP.”
The Importance of Your First DWI Court Appearance
Do not delay in retaining counsel if you have been arrested for DWI! Do not go it alone to your first court date! The first court date is called an “arraignment.” In most criminal proceedings the arraignment is merely a formality. Not so in a DWI case. In a DWI what happens at the arraignment will have a direct bearing on the strength or weakness of your case, and the ultimate outcome. For example, at the arraignment:
The sentencing guidelines on a DWI are broad. However, you are facing the following:
Your Next Step
If you have been arrested for DWI time is of the essence. You need to stop whatever it is you are doing and call us today at 1-877-99-NO-TIX (1-877-996-6849) for a no cost, no obligation phone consultation.
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