Will I Go to Jail for a DWI in New York City?
Answers from a Proven Queens DWI Attorney
The most common question posed by clients facing
DWI charges is in regards to whether or not they will have to serve time in jail for
their offense. The answer can depend on many different factors that play
into your DWI charge.
This is why it is
absolutely critical to seek incisive, assertive legal representation when facing a DWI charge. Even the most minor DWI charges carry the potential
of jail time, and it's up to sharp legal counsel to make sure that
the penalties are minimized or altogether avoided. If you have been charged,
we urge you to call us today to speak with an experienced Queens DWI attorney.
Jail Time for DWI Charges
Just like many other states, DWI charges in New York increase in severity
with repeat offenses. Only a first offense is considered a misdemeanor––subsequent
DWIs make the crime a felony.
Maximum jail time for DWI offenses include:
First offense: Up to one year in jail
Second offense: Up to four years in jail
Third offense: Up to seven years in jail
Note here that these are maximum penalties. For
first offenses in particular, jail time is fairly rare. The judge will consider factors
such as the time of your crime, you blood alcohol content, the place where
your offense occurred, and other details to determine if jail time is
You Don't Have to Stand Alone — Get Your Free Evaluation
Jail time is not a forgone conclusion with a DWI charge. There are steps
and strategies you can take to make sure you put your best foot forward
when facing trial for driving while intoxicated, the first of which is
securing the representation of a dedicated legal representative. We have
100 years of combined legal experience; let us fight to protect your rights.
You don't have to face these charges alone!
Call Musa-Obregon & Associates to schedule a
free consultation today whether you are in Queens or NYC.
We represent clients throughout all of New York, including Queens, Brooklyn,
The Bronx, Manhattan, Rockland County and Westchester County.