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Can You Go to Jail for a DUI in New York?

If only life came with do-overs, then you would gladly choose not to drive drunk. Sadly, that is simply not possible. It is also an unfortunate reality that New York law enforcement will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, which means you will have to consider the consequences of your potential charges. One of those likely consequences is a period of incarceration. But for how long and under what conditions? If you are asking yourself these very questions, please read on, then contact an experienced Spring Valley DWI defense attorney to learn if you will go to jail for a DUI in the state of New York.

How long might you have to go to jail for a DUI conviction in New York?

Your exact jail sentence will be dependent upon the number of times, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for this or related offenses. Be that as it may, the possible periods of incarceration are as follows:

  • First offense DUI: Up to 1 year in jail.
  • Second offense DUI: Between 1 to 7 years in state prison.
  • Third offense DUI: Between 1 to 7 years in state prison.

The more times you have previously sustained convictions for this or related offenses, the more time law enforcement will ask for and, very likely, receive. But this is only the most visible way that a DWI or DUI conviction will impact you and your future.

In addition to jail, what other penalties could a DUI conviction bring in New York?

As well as jail time, you will most likely face having to pay substantial fines, the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, installing an ignition interlock device upon restoration of your license, sky-high insurance rates and other assorted penalties. A drunk driving conviction might lead to you losing your job, home, good name and the possibility of readily regaining those things. You will be made ineligible for certain government benefits and student loans. For any hope of mitigating or eliminating these penalties, you should reach out to a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney to discuss your rights and responsibilities as well as to begin constructing your defense strategy.

Remember: The burden of proof is on the prosecution. A good attorney can help maintain the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway has over three decades of experience defending Rockland County residents from all manner of criminal matters. Please give us a call today, so he immediately put that experience to use in your defense.


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.

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