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DUI on St. Patrick’s Day in New York | What You Should Know

Every year on March 17, people of all types gather in local restaurants and bars to eat, drink and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This is the case whether the celebrants are of Irish descent or not. It is an unfortunate reality that many celebrants will imbibe a little too much and then get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. In the Empire State, it does not matter if someone is arrested for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, a Friday after a long workweek or just an average day; drunk driving remains a crime punishable by New York state laws. Even so, St. Patrick’s Day has more than its fair share of arrests for DUI. If you happen to be one of them, please read on, then contact an experienced Spring Valley first offense DWI lawyer to learn what you should know about a St. Patrick’s Day DUI in New York.

What penalties do you face for a St. Patrick’s Day DUI in New York?

As previous blogs have noted, the state of New York does not treat those accused of drunk driving lightly. The penalties become harsher every time, if any, you sustain convictions for this or related offenses. For the purposes of this blog, we shall discuss the penalties incurred by a 1st offense driving while intoxicated conviction. As such, the penalties are as follows:

First offense DUI:

  • A revoked license for at least 6 months
  • Possible fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
  • Possible jail time up to 1 year
  • Potential enrollment in the New York Impaired Driver Program (IDP) and applicable costs

Whether this is your first arrest or your fourth, you should reach out to a skilled Spring Valley DWI defense attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a DUI defense attorney fight for you in New York?

As we have outlined in previous blogs, a seasoned New York criminal defense attorney can make any number of logical arguments in your defense. He or she can assert that the arresting officer had no probable cause, mistook your medical or health conditions for inebriation, conducted flawed or unreliable testing or did not provide your defense with all the evidence. In the latter case, your attorney can argue that the arresting police did not provide all the facts. No matter the circumstances, you have rights. Let us defend them. Please give us a call today.


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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