A Drunk Driving Charge Can Change Your Life
A conviction of drunk driving can change the direction of your life. Whether it is your first offense or you have previous DWI convictions on your record, defending yourself is crucial for your future opportunities and personal freedom. At the Law Offices of Joshua D. Martin, we provide exceptional defense services for drivers in Westchester and Putnam counties and throughout the New York City area.
Penalties for DWI in New York range from loss of driving privileges to time behind bars. By working with our lawyer Josh Martin, you can have the experienced guidance of a person who knows the law and knows how to fight for your best interests. Our attorney will develop a DWI defense strategy that best suits your individual situation.
Know What You Are Up Against
In New York, a driver can face arrest and formal criminal charges for driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. The severity of penalties depends on various factors, including the amount of BAC at the time of arrest and the number of previous DWIs on your record. For example, previous convictions within a certain number of years could result in felony charges. Generally, a first-time DWI charge with a BAC of .08 to .18 percent is a misdemeanor. Penalties may include:
- Fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
- Jail sentence of up to one year
- License revocation for six months
Even if it is your first offense, a BAC of .18 percent or higher at the time of your arrest will result in an aggravated DWI charge. The penalties associated with this are high and even more serious.