DWI – DWAI
Whether you are arrested for DWI (also referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI in jurisdictions outside New York) or driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-Drugs), your predicament remains the same: trying to avoid jail time and the lifelong consequences of a criminal conviction. As any of the best New York, New Jersey and Connecticut criminal attorneys and DWI/DWAI attorneys know, these cases move quickly and how you deal with them from the moment you are stopped by the police can make all the difference in the end.
Tragic accidents involving the operation of motor vehicles and substance abuse have made DWI and DWAI-Drugs prosecutions a top priority for many of the city’s District Attorney’s Offices as well as New York’s legislature who, under the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL), have provided for serious criminal and civil penalties in the event of conviction. With the help of top New York DWI/DWAI attorneys, however, the severe and potentially debilitating repercussions of a DWI conviction may be avoided.
Despite being perceived, by many, as just punishment for an evening of bad judgment, don’t just jump to take the harsh penalties offered by the prosecution and plead guilty: you’ll have your license suspended, receive large mandatory fines, have skyrocketing insurance costs and possibly go to jail. But just because an officer has concluded you were intoxicated does not mean a judge or jury will do the same. As in any other profession, police officers and prosecutors make errors and do so all the time in the arrest and charging of individuals for New York DWI offenses. By retaining experienced New York DWI attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman early on after arrest, you ensure any mistakes by prosecutors or law enforcement in this regard are properly taken into account in the resolution of your case.
New York DWI Violations
New York DWI Misdemeanors
- VTL 1192.2-a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – Aggravated “Per Se” — BAC .18 +
- VTL 1192.2 Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – “Per Se”; BAC .08 - .179
- VTL 1192.3 Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – Common Law & Refusal
- VTL 1192.4 Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) – Impaired By Drugs
New York DWI Felonies
- VTL 1192.2 – a(b) – Leandra’s Law – Child 15 or Under in Vehicle
- VTL 1193.1 – DWI Felony – Prior DWI Conviction Last 10 Years
As many New York residents know, the consequences of being convicted of a DWI offense in New York are significant. Notwithstanding the mandatory fines, loss of driving privileges and, in some cases, jail time that may be imposed at sentencing, both auto insurance and employment may become forfeit as a collateral consequence of your drunk driving conviction. But it doesn’t have to.
The DWI/DWAI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman have handled dozens of DWI arrests for our clients and work aggressively to obtain an outcome that avoids many, if not all, of the crippling civil and criminal penalties that accompany a New York criminal DWI conviction. Although we cannot guarantee a particular outcome to a criminal case, it is beyond dispute that retaining a lawyer at the earliest possible opportunity after arrest often spells the difference between a long night and a life-altering one as a result of a New York drunk driving arrest.
For more information on New York’s DWI/DWAI offenses as well as why retaining an attorney is critical to successfully defend against both the criminal and civil penalties that typically result from a drunk driving arrest, additional passages may been found below.
- New York Drunk Driving Arrests: The Field Sobriety Test and the Decision to Blow at the Precinct
- New York Drunk Driving Arrests: Arraignment and the Consequences of Your Refusal
The earlier we are retained, the more effective we may be in vindicating your rights and freedoms in criminal proceedings in the state. Speak to one of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman at (212) 581-1001 and schedule a free consultation today.