What Happens if I get a DWI While Under the Age of 21 in New York?

One of the worst traffic offenses a motorist can commit is a DWI. However, though everybody knows it is illegal and unsafe to drive under the influence, people still do–especially those who are of the younger age bracket. Unfortunately, receiving a DWI charge can impact you for years down the road, especially if you are under the age of 21. This New Year’s, police were out patrolling the streets, actively searching for individuals driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you have been charged with a New Year’s DWI, you risk hefty fines and a suspension of your license. That is why it is so important you read on and reach out to our experienced New York DWI defense attorney to learn more about the consequences you may face and how our firm can help you avoid them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for an underage DWI conviction in New York?

If you are under the age of 21 and are facing a DWI charge, you are facing the following consequences:

  • A license suspension of 6 months
  • The potential ignition interlock device installation and use, as well as associated costs
  • Potential enrollment in the New York IDP
  • A $125 civil penalty
  • A $100 fee for suspension termination

You should also note that if you refuse to submit to chemical testing, such as a breath or blood test, you may face even harsher penalties, including the following:

  • A $100 fee to reinstate your license
  • A $250 annual assessment fine for 3 years
  • A $300 civil penalty
  • A license revocation of at least one year

Is there anything I can do to defend myself against an underage DWI charge in New York?

Fortunately, with the assistance of an experienced attorney, there are potential defenses against an underage DWI charge. For example, an attorney may prove that law enforcement either made a mistake during your arrest, unlawfully stopped you, and more. One of the most common mistakes made when arresting individuals for DWIs is improperly administered Field Sobriety Tests. Some examples of this can include an officer failing to adequately explain instructions for the test, failing to inform you that you were allowed to remove your high heels during the test, neglecting to demonstrate the test before administering it, and failing to recognize you stating that you have a health issue that prevents you from sufficiently taking a breath test.

Contact our experienced New York firm

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.