New York Felony DWI Charge: Prior DWI Conviction

VTL 1193.1 – DWI FELONY – PRIOR DWI CONVICTION IN LAST 10 YEARS

A Leandra’s Law DWI charge is arguably the most serious DWI an individual can be charged with, second perhaps only to the “bump up” felony DWI charge of VTL 1193.1. This DWI charge holds that if an individual has already been convicted of any DWI in the last 10 years and is arrested again for a DWI, the charge will automatically be “bumped up” to a felony: therefore, what would otherwise be a misdemeanor charge with a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail, is now a felony with the potential exposure of up to four years in state prison, the revocation of your license for up to a year and an increased fine.

As the stakes are higher on a “bump up” felony DWI charge it is therefore important to get these charges reduced or dismissed – or face these enhanced penalties. If you are arrested in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Westchester, Long Island or Staten Island for your second DWI charge in the past 10 years, hire the best New York felony DWI lawyers to handle your case – your future depends upon it. Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman for an opinion on your DWI case today.