In New York, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is considered to be a Misdemeanor. This law is covered in the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1192. This section defines a DWI as any person driving while under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. If you have been arrested for a DWI, it is very important to contact a New York DWI Lawyer.
The New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1192.1 through 1192.4 cover some of the general criteria of what constitutes a DWI in the State of New York. It is important to remember that there are various ways that someone can be charged with a DWI. The amount of alcohol consumed is a factor as well as the time frame within which it was consumed. The general rule of thumb is that a person can metabolize one drink per hour. Body weight and sex also figure into this equation.
If you have been arrested of a DWI or a DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) for first time offenders some of the Sentencing guidelines are set forth below.
1192.1 DWAI by alcohol brings of a monetary fine between $300. to $500., and a potential maximum jail stay of 15 days, as well as a 90 day driver’s license suspension.
1192.2 DWI fines can range from $500. to $1,000., up to one year in jail and a 6 month license suspension.
1192.3 For violation of this particular section, a first offense will range in a fine between $1,000.-$2,500. and up to one year in jail. There is a minimum license revocation of one year.
1192.4 Driving with Drug Impairment will bring a fine of $500. to $1,000., up to one year in jail and a license suspension of a minimum of 6 months.
If you have experienced an Arrest for a DWI offense, you will benefit greatly by contacting a Westchester County Criminal Lawyer as soon as you can. A DWI and subsequent punishments can greatly impact your life.
The Office of Stephen Bilkis and Associates can offer you support and guidance as well as a free consultation when you contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW. We have offices in New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and The Bronx and in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.