From Thanksgiving Eve to New Year’s day, police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers, as this is peak season for drunk driving. Everyone knows drinking and driving is unsafe, however, it does not stop everyone from doing it. If you have been arrested and charged with a DWI, there is no doubt that you will need to retain knowledgeable legal counsel to combat your charges. A DWI charge may follow you for the rest of your life, so you must reach out to our firm to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What happens if I get a DWI in New York?
If this is your first DWI offense in New York State, you can expect to lose your license for a significant period of time, and though it may surprise you, you may even end up spending time in jail. This is why you need an experienced attorney on your side, even if it is only your first offense. Here are some of the consequences you may face for a first-offense DWI in New York State:
- A 6-month license revocation
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Potential enrollment in the DDP
- A fine ranging from $500-$1000
What are the penalties for a second DWI offense?
If this is your second DWI offense, you should be prepared to be treated as a repeat offender, which means you will face a far more hostile courtroom this time around. You may face the following consequences for a second DWI offense:
- License revocation of two years
- A fine between $1,000-$5,000
- Up to 4 years of imprisonment
- Likely enrollment in the DDP
How long will I lose my license for a third or subsequent DWI in New York State?
If this is your third DWI offense, you risk losing your license forever. You cannot afford to try and fight this without an aggressive and experienced attorney. For a third or subsequent DWI offense, you may face the following penalties:
- A fine ranging between $2,000-$10,000
- Up to 7 years in jail
- At least a 10-year license revocation
- Yearly surcharges
- A drastic boost in your insurance premiums for years to come
Contact our experienced New York firm
Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.