New York police are always on the lookout for drunk and drugged drivers. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, taxpayers forked out $2.5 billion for alcohol-related accidents in 2013 alone. Because of this and the dangers of intoxicated driving, our state has harsh penalties for DWI offenders.
A conviction may come with:
- Revoked driver’s license;
- Jail time;
- A fine;
- A Driver Responsibility Assessment;
- And additional penalties.
If you are facing DWI charges in New York, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. Mr. DeUrso is a DWI lawyer in White Plains who can assess the charges against you and develop a strategic defense.
The legal system can be unpredictable, but Mr. DeUrso will help you avoid mistakes that could compromise your interests. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about DWI laws in New York.
Here is a brief overview of DWI penalties in New York:
- License Revocation
According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, the court will revoke your license for at least six months for a first DWI offense. This period extends to a minimum of one year for second and third DWI convictions that happen within 10 years.
A first DWI conviction may come with up to one year incarceration. A second offense within 10 years is a Class E Felony that comes with a maximum of four years behind bars. A third offense within 10 years is a Class D Felony that comes with up to seven years’ incarceration.
- A Fine
The fine for your first DWI will be between $500 and $1,000. Your second DWI within 10 years could cost you $1,000 to $5,000, and a third offense within 10 years may come with a fine of $2,000 to $10,000.
- A Driver Responsibility Assessment
You will have to pay for a Driver Responsibility Assessment. This will cost you $250 per year for three years, or $750 total. You can pay this fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles directly in-office, via mail or online. You can pay it in one lump sum, or you have the option of paying three annual $250 installments.
- Additional Penalties
Other penalties for DWI may include an order to install an ignition interlock device and enrollment in the Impaired Driver Program (IDP). The IDP educates offenders about high-risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use. It helps drivers identify and change these behaviors.
If police arrested you for DWI in New York, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. As a White Plains DWI lawyer, Mr. DeUrso can structure your defense and aggressively fight for a positive outcome to your case. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association and New York State Law Guardian Association. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation.