Multiple DWI Charges in NYC
Queens & Manhattan DWI Defense Lawyer
Drivers who have prior
driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) convictions on their records
may be in danger of facing increased penalties and even
felony charges for new DWI offenses. Multiple DWI charges should be taken very
seriously; if you have been arrested for this type of offense, consider
involving an attorney as soon as possible. A New York City criminal defense
lawyer at Musa-Obregon & Associates may be able to help you fight
your charges to avoid these serious penalties.
We represent clients accused of DUI throughout all of New York, including
Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Rockland County and Westchester County.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website,
a defendant convicted of multiple DWI offenses may face enhanced charges,
longer terms of imprisonment and license suspension/revocation and higher
fines. First, it is important to understand what specific DWI-related
offenses are outlined in New York law:
DWI: Operating a vehicle while with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of
.08% or greater.
Aggravated DWI (A-DWI): Operating a vehicle with a BAC of .18% or greater.
DWAI: Operating a vehicle with abilities impaired by alcohol.
DWAI-Drug: Operating a vehicle with abilities impaired by drugs.
DWAI-Combination: Operating a vehicle with abilities impaired by alcohol and drugs.
The following penalties may apply for multiple convictions, as follows:
Second DWI Offenses
- Second DWAI offense within 5 years: misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30
days in county jail, a fine of $500-$750 and driver's license revocation
for at least 6 months.
- Second DWI or DWAI-drug offense within 10 years: class E felony, punishable
by up to 4 years in prison, a fine of $1,000-$5,000 and license revocation
for at least 1 year.
- Second A-DWI or DWAI-combination offense within 10 years: class E felony,
punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a fine of $1,000-$5,000 and license
revocation for 18 months.
Third or Subsequent DWI Offenses
The penalties for a third DWI, A-DWI, DWI-drugs or DWI-combination offense
are all the same, except for license revocation terms. These offenses
are class D felonies, punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a fine
of $2,000-$10,000. There is a minimum 1-year license revocation term for
a third DWI or DWAI-drug offense, a minimum 18-month license revocation
for a third A-DWI offense and a minimum 1 year or 18-month license revocation
for a DWAI-combination offense.
Ignition Interlock Devices for Multiple Offenders
An ignition interlock device is used in motor vehicles to prevent the engine
from starting unless an acceptable breath sample is provided. Similar
to a breathalyzer, this device is connected with the ignition system in
a vehicle and will only allow the vehicle to start if a motorist provides
a passable breath sample. These devices must remain in a vehicle for at
least 16 months, though the specific time for which it is required may
vary depending on the unique case.
Choose an Aggressive Queens Defense Attorney at Musa-Obregon & Associates
Are you ready to fight your multiple DWI charges with an attorney who isn't
afraid to back down and who will dedicate the time and energy it takes
to seek the best possible result? Now is the time to schedule a consultation
with a legal professional at Musa-Obregon & Associates.
The firm serves drivers throughout New York City and Queens in the face
of multiple DWI and felony DWI charges. Call today!