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What makes an Aggravated DWI different?

Law enforcement officers throughout New York State works hard to crack down on the number of intoxicated drivers on our roads. If your blood alcohol content is above the legal limit of 0.08 percent or higher, you will be charged with driving while intoxicated. If you are driving a commercial vehicle and your blood alcohol content level reads above 0.04 percent, you will also be administered a DWI charge. However, there is another category of DWI that is even more severe. Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated charges are administered when the driver has a blood alcohol content level of 0.18 percent or higher.

Any person who is charged with an aggravated DWI is facing even more severe penalties than a regular DWI because their blood alcohol content was so high above the legal limit. First-time offenders face a mandatory fine of $1,000-$2,500, up to one year in jail, and a driver’s license revocation for a minimum of one year. Second offenses within ten years are considered Class E felonies, resulting in a fine between $1,000 and $5,000, up to four years in jail, and at least 18 months without a driver’s license. Third or subsequent AGG DWI offenders are facing the most severe penalties, as this is now a Class D felony. They are subject to a $2,000-$10,000 fine, up to 7 years in jail, and no driver’s license for at least 18 months.

If you are faced with an aggravated DWI charge, you will require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can provide you with strong legal representation to fight these charges.

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. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.  

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