Reliability of Breathalyzer Tests Coming Into Question Across the Nation



    Though breathalyzer tests have been widely regarded as the end-all-be-all for nabbing drunk drivers, they have recently come into question. In fact, the state of Massachusetts has thrown out thousands of DWI offenses after the breath tests have been disproven. In various states, individuals and attorneys are realizing that oftentimes, police officers do not correctly calibrate these tests, or that the machines have not been properly maintained.

    As a result, attorneys now have another weapon in their arsenal for defending clients charged with DWI offenses. If you are someone who has been charged with a DWI in New York, you need an experienced attorney now more than ever. We are ready to fight for your rights. If you find yourself in this situation, please read on to learn more about the potential consequences you may face:

    What are the consequences of a first-offense DWI in New York?

    If you think New York courts will cut you a break because this is only your first offense, you are wrong. Without question, you will need the help of an attorney experienced in defending clients against DWI charges. For a first offense DWI, you may face the following penalties:

    • A revoked license for at least 6 months
    • A fine between $500-$1000
    • Up to 1 year of incarceration
    • Potential enrollment in the DDP

    What happens if I am convicted of a second DWI in New York?

    Those charged with a second DWI offense should be prepared to face lasting consequences. Penalties for a second DWI in New York are as follows:

    • License revocation of two years
    • A fine between $1,000-$5,000
    • Up to 4 years of imprisonment
    • Likely enrollment in the DDP

    Will I lose my license forever if I get a third DWI in New York State?

    Though you may not lose your license forever, you will most likely lose it for a very long time. The penalties for third or subsequent DWI offense in New York are as follows:

    • A fine between $2,000-$10,000
    • Up to 7 years of imprisonment
    • A 10-year license revocation, though you may be facing a lifetime revocation
    • Yearly surcharges, as well as a dramatic increase in your insurance premiums

    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.

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