Did you know that in 1910 New York State was the first state to prohibit driving under the influence? Nonetheless, for many years drinking and driving was still no big deal. Those days are long gone in New York. Today driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime in New York. You could be arrested for and charged with the NY infraction of driving while ability impaired (DWAI), the misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated (DWI), charged with the enhanced misdemeanor of aggravated DWI, or charged with a felony DUI if you had a DWI conviction in the last 10 years in or out of NY State. Further, more and more counties have a no plea bargaining policy, which means that you either have to roll over or roll the dice. When you are arrested and minor children are in the vehicle as well you can likewise expect additional charges or an upgrade to felony charges.
When convicted of a NY DWI, you are facing losing your license and a permanent criminal record. You will be mandated by the court and NYS DMV to undergo alcohol counseling in order to get your license back. You are facing up to 1 year in jail, and potentially 3 years DWI probation.
Because of the severity of the consequences, you need to put or firm on your side. Our lead attorney, Michael Palumbo, is a former police officer. So he knows the prosecution and defense of a New York driving while intoxicated case like very few lawyers.
If you have been arrested for DWI don’t delay. Contact us today.