What Happens if I Get a DWI Outside of New York State?



    Regardless of whether you are outside or inside New York State borders, receiving a DWI comes with serious consequences. You will not only be subject to a suspended license, fines, and jail time, but you can also receive increased car insurance rates, loss of current and future employment, and a permanent criminal record. For more information, continue reading to learn how an experienced Garden City, NY DWI | DUI attorney of Grunwald & Seman, P.C., can step in to reduce or altogether eliminate the penalties placed against you for a DWI outside of New York State.

    What if I receive a DWI outside of New York State?

    You will be charged with a DWI in the state where your offense occurred. Nonetheless, states share certain information about their driver’s license holders. So, your DWI conviction will likely be relayed to New York State, where the Department of Motor Vehicles will eventually send you a notice that your New York driver’s license is suspended or revoked, as well.

    More specifically, the penalty for a DWI conviction outside of New York state is the revocation of your New York driver’s license for at least 90 days for an alcohol-related offense. And for a drug-related offense, this revocation extends to at least six months, or one year if you were under the age of 21 at the time of the offense.

    If you were arrested for a DWI in New York State within 10 years of your conviction in an outside state, then you will be treated as a repeat offender. These penalties are increased for second and third offenses.

    What are other consequences of receiving a DWI outside of New York State?

    Regardless of whether the state of your DWI offense considers it a misdemeanor or a felony, ultimately, you committed a crime. And as such, your DWI offense will show up on your criminal background check and your driving record check. You should assume that a New York employer will be able to see your out-of-state DWI conviction when doing a routine background check, and this can hinder your employment opportunity.

    In addition, by New York law, you may be legally refused employment or a professional license if there is a direct relationship between your DWI offense and the type of job or license you are seeking. For instance, you may be refused employment in any job that requires driving or operating heavy equipment.

    Being charged with a DWI should be taken seriously no matter the state. This is why you must retain the services of one of the skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorneys as soon as you possibly can.

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