New York State Criminal Defense Attorneys

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Increasing BAC Levels A trend evident to both judges and lawyers is a shift toward much higher blood alcohol content (BAC) levels in DWI cases. During my initial training on prosecuting alcohol related offense at the New York State Police Academy, we were told that a BAC of over 2.0 was considered rare, and that if the BAC was 3.0 or higher the subject would likely be unconscious or close to it. However, over the last five years I have observed that the BAC levels in DWI cases are climbing ever higher. Indeed, there was a time when two or more years would pass before I would see a DWI...
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Over the course of the past two decades I have observed a major shift in how juries view drivers who are charged with alcohol-related offenses. From the late 1980s through the early 2000s, the prevailing view of a DWI jury—whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony DWI jury—seemed to be, “There but for the grace of God go I.” Indeed, as I often explain to clients, a DWI is the one serious offense that impacts people from all walks of life. My DWI clients have included lawyers, judges, police officers, architects, engineers, and doctors. However, over the last eight...
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“Felony” means an offense for which a term of imprisonment over one year may be imposed. All of the most serious crimes are felonies and are divided into classes from A to E. A Felony DWI charge will be filed as either a class D or E depending on the circumstances. A class D felony may be charged for any person who operates a vehicle in violation of the New York State DWI laws after having been convicted of driving while intoxicated or of vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter at least twice within the preceding 10 years. If convicted, a driver can be punished by a term of...

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Driving while intoxicated (DWI) can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense whereas as charge of driving while ability impaired (DWAI) is a violation and therefore non-criminal.  A conviction for the first DWAI, either after trial or as a result of plea bargain, is a non-criminal offense and the penalties are: A fine between $300-$500 and up to 15 days in jail, or both a fine and jail. A Court surcharge of $265. A DMV Driver Responsibility fine of $250 each year for 3 years for a total of $750. A Period of Probation, Conditional Discharge, or up to 15...
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A Driving While Intoxicated conviction, either after a trial or as a result of plea bargain, is a misdemeanor crime and the possible penalties are: Incarceration of up to 1 year Fine between $500-$1,000 and surcharge of $395 A DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment of $250 each year for 3 years for a total of $750. Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on the driver’s vehicle for a period of not less than 6 months. Driver's License Suspension A Period of Probation or Conditional Discharge A permanent criminal record These penaties are possible but not required upon...





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