New York DUI & DWI: Repeat Offense Lawyer
New York takes a strict approach to drunk driving offenses. The consequences are even more severe for repeat DWI offenders and can include more jail time, larger fines and the revocation of your driver’s license for longer periods. The court imposes such harsh penalties to prevent the individual from driving while intoxicated again.
Being convicted for a DWI repeat offense can have a significant impact on your future. If you have previously been charged with an alcohol-related offense, the district attorney is likely to pursue greater penalties against you. As a result, you need the attention of an experienced defense lawyer who will aggressively protect your best interests. At Brill Legal Group, we know exactly what is needed to achieve a successful outcome in your case.
Penalties for a DWI Repeat Offense
When it comes to repeat offenses, your previous convictions are taken into account for sentencing purposes. While a DWI first offense is treated as a misdemeanor, repeat offenses are classified as felonies. You could be facing class E or D felony charges depending on the number and time frame of prior convictions. With a felony criminal record, you could lose some of your civil rights and receive a state prison sentence.
If you were previously convicted of DWI and are arrested for drunk driving a second time within a 10-year period, your new charge will be elevated to a class E felony. If convicted, you could spend up to four years in jail and be required to pay a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on the specific charge. Your license will also be revoked for up to a year.
New York courts will enforce even harsher penalties for a third DWI offense. Three or more DWI convictions within 10 years would result in a mandatory jail term of one year, with a possible sentence of up to seven years. The license revocation period, as well as the fines for these types of offenses would also increase up to $10,000 with multiple convictions.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles can impose a lengthier license suspension or revocation period, depending on your previous convictions. Additionally, New York judges will require repeat offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.
We Can Defend You From DWI Repeat Offense Charges
It may be possible to reduce felony charges to a misdemeanor. Let the knowledgeable lawyers of Brill Legal Group defend you from the consequences of multiple DWI offenses. When you are facing the potential for serious penalties for repeat drunk driving in New York, you need a defense attorney that will fight for your rights. Brill Legal Group will strive to obtain dismissal of charges or negotiate favorable plea agreement terms.
With the constantly changing landscape of DWI laws in New York, it is crucial to have someone by your side who can advise you of the available options and help you understand the charges against you.
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