If you are charged with driving while intoxicated in New York, you are in a very serious situation. New York DWI convictions result in serious consequences and penalties that can haunt you for the rest of your life.
DWI Conviction – DWI Penalties & Consequences
New York law handles DWI convictions by requiring the following DWI penalties and DWI consequences.
§ 1193. DWI Sanctions
Driving while ability impaired. A violation of subdivision one of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this article shall be a traffic infraction and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than three hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment in a penitentiary or county jail for not more than fifteen days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
A person who operates a vehicle in violation of such subdivision after having been convicted of a violation of any subdivision of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this article within the preceding five years shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars, or by imprisonment of not more than thirty days in a penitentiary or county jail or by both such fine and imprisonment.
A person who operates a vehicle in violation of such subdivision after having been convicted two or more times of a violation of any subdivision of section eleven hundred ninety-two of this article within the preceding ten years shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars nor more than fifteen hundred dollars, or by imprisonment of not more than one hundred eighty days in a penitentiary or county jail or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Additional DWI Conviction Consequences and Penalties
As you can see above, a New York State DWI conviction can result in serious criminal consequences and penalties which vary depending on the exact circumstances of your case. The issues that come into play when assessing the consequences are as follows:
- prior DWI convictions in NY or elsewhere
- whether anyone other than you is hurt in the accident in question that may have resulted from the incident being investigated for DWI
- whether you blew into the Breathalyzer or not during the investigation
- whether there was a minor in the car with you when pulled over
- what your alleged blood alcohol content (BAC) was at the time of arrest
Also, if you were previously convicted of vehicular manslaughter and are arrested for DWI in New York, you could face a felony conviction and prison time if you are convicted.
Further DWI Conviction Consequences and Penalties
DWI can have further consequences such as seriously increasing your insurance rates or having to pay for the installation of an alcohol ignition lock device that you have to blow into every time you have to start your car. Not to mention the potential consequences that a misdemeanor or felony DWI conviction could have on your employment, future employment prospects, or vocational license.
The defense lawyers at the Law Office of David Centeno have the hard-earned experience needed to effectively defend against DWI charges. Call our 24 hour emergency hotline now to schedule a consultation or for us to represent you at your arraignment: