Summer is in full swing. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and New York law enforcement agencies are out in force looking for drunk drivers.
Drunk driving is a serious offense and its penalties are reflective of that. If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense in the Nassau/Suffolk area, you should seek the assistance of a qualified DWI attorney as soon as possible.
There are two types of DWI charges in the state of New York: DWI and aggravated DWI. Anyone operating a motor vehicle in an impaired condition can be charged with DWI, but an aggravated DWI is reserved only for those who have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18 or higher at the time of their arrest. The legal limit for intoxication in New York is .08.
If you are convicted of a DWI, you may face penalties ranging from fines and community service to jail time and permanent license suspension. You may even be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on each of your vehicles. The IID will require the driver to provide a breath sample in order to start the vehicle and to provide additional samples in order to continue driving. All of these penalties can have a dramatic and devastating impact on your life and the lives of your family members.
A DWI case is complicated and often requires numerous court appearances and legal filings. This is a very overwhelming for someone who is unfamiliar with the process and the laws that govern it. In order to ensure that your case is reviewed completely and your rights are protected, you should retain the services of an experienced DWI lawyer as quickly as possible.