DWI Attorney Buffalo NY
If you have been charged with drinking and driving, first you need to understand the difference between a DWI and a DWAI. DWI stands for ‘Driving While Intoxicated,’ while DWAI means ‘Driving While Ability Impaired.’
The difference is slight, but significant. DWI’s occur when you have been charged with driving with BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08% or higher. DWAI’s are slightly lesser offenses, occurring if you have been charged with a BAC of .05% and .07%. Our skilled Buffalo DWI attorney can help.
Your First DWI Offense (New York)
For your first DWI offense, classified as a misdemeanor, fines can range between $500 and $1,000 with the possibility of up to a one-year Jail Sentence. Further, you will lose your Driver’s License for a minimum of 6-months. If you are under 21, you will lose your Driver’s License for even longer – at least a year, or until you turn 21 years old.
Your Second DWI Offense (New York)
If you have been charged with a DWI for the second time within 10 years, it will be classified as a Class E Felony, and fines will range between $1,000 and $5,000. You could possibly receive up to a 4-year Jail Sentence, and your Driver’s License will be revoked for a minimum of 1 year. If you are under 21 years of age, you will lose your Driver’s License for at least a year or until you turn 21 years old.
Your Third DWI Offense (New York)
Your third DWI offense within 10 years will be classified as a Class D Felony. Fines for the third DWI offense will range between $2,000 and $10,000, and you could spend up to 7 years in Jail. As with your second DWI offense, your Driver’s License will be revoked for a minimum of 1 year. Further, if you are under 21 years of age, you will lose your Driver’s License for at least 1 year or until you turn 21 years old.
Additional New York DWI Penalties
In addition to the above consequences, for DWI offenses you could also receive a period of probation of up to 3 years, face a driver responsibility assessment of $250 per year for up to 3 years, and/or receive a possible revocation of your registration for a minimum of 6 months. Finally, you might be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel and be forced to install in ignition interlock device in any motor vehicle you own for a minimum of 6 months.
We can help
If you have been charged with a DWI or any alcohol-related driving offenses in New York, our skilled DWI attorney in Buffalo NY can help you navigate the complicated legal system and protect your rights. Give us a call today to schedule your FREE consultation.