What is aggravated DWI?

Aggravated driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious drunk driving charge with harsh penalties. A New York driver may be charged with aggravated DWI if they were caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.18 or higher, which is more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

Aggravated DWI carries stiffer penalties than standard DWIs, even for a first offense. A convicted driver may face jail time, high fines, license revocation and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, among other punishments. The penalties are more severe for repeat offenders.

Drivers can also be charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law for committing a DWI with a child under 16 in the vehicle. Even first-time convictions are classified as felonies.

Anyone facing aggravated DWI charges in New York should contact an experienced DWI defense attorney right away. Brill Legal Group can help you fight harsh penalties and protect your rights with smart defense strategies.

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