When you are arrested for a DWI, the consequences can be detrimental. If you are a motorist in Long Island, convicted for DWI, you will likely incur some pretty expensive fines and surcharges, on top of having your license revoked, more expensive insurance payments and the possibility of being jailed.
Our attorney’s at The Glass Law Group in Long Island, NY will be glad to assist you with your misdemeanor or felony charges for your Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (A-DWI).
Being Charged With A DWI in Long Island, NY
If you operate a vehicle and your blood level is .08 or higher, you could be charged with a DWI. Even if the arresting officer isn’t able to confirm your blood alcohol level, which occurs when the motorist refuses a breath test, a motorist can still be charged with for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). This is because the officer can charge the motorist based on other things, such as bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol on the motorist breath, and slurred speech.
A DWI charge in Long Island may be a misdemeanor or a felony. The first time a motorist is charged with a DWI, it is usually a misdemeanor. A motorist found driving while intoxicated, with a child 15 years or younger in the vehicle will receive a felony charge. This would be in compliance with Leandra’s Law. Motorists who have received a previous DWI conviction within the last 10-years receive a felony charge.
Those charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of .18 or higher will be charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (NYS VTL 1192.2A). This is a relatively new charge. A conviction for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated carries harsher consequences than Driving While Intoxicated (VTL 1192.2 and VTL 1192.3).
A person may also be charged with Driving While Ability Impaired Due To Drugs (VTL 1192.4) as well as Driving While Ability Impaired Due To A Combination Of Drugs And Alcohol (VTL 1194.A).
Motorist charged with operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .05 or higher, but less than .08 will be charged with a DWI. This is a violation chargeexcept when there is a previous conviction within 5 years of the new charge, in which case a misdemeanor charge may be imposed.
What Happens to Your License When You Have a DWI
If you receive a misdemeanor charge of a DWI after taking a breath test, unfortunately, your drivers license will be suspended automatically for 30 days. This is because you were found intoxicated while driving a vehicle. The suspension of your driver’s license starts from the day you received the ticket. In some cases, anyone with a valid New York State driver’s license when they are stopped might be able to obtain a hardship license. Let The Glass Law Group assist you in your DWI case so that you can continue driving. Despite how impossible it may seem, we assure you that our attorney’s have the necessary experience and qualifications to get you the results you want.