As you know, the penalties for a DWI are severe. However, if you are someone who has recently been charged with a DWI while having a minor in the car, you are now looking at even harsher penalties that may change your life forever. Please continue reading and speak with our Rockland Couty criminal defense attorney to learn more about these charges and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:
If you live in New York State, you can receive a DWI, or a DUI either by driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are found to have a Blood Alcohol Content of .08% or higher, you will face a DWI charge. Additionally, if an officer determines you were driving under the influence of drugs, you can also receive a DWI.
As you know, the penalties for any standard DWI are very severe, however, those penalties are magnified when it comes to being charged with a DWI while having a minor in the vehicle. To start, you will face a Class E Felony, for which you may spend up to four years in jail. Additionally, your license will automatically be suspended until your date of prosecution. Additionally, you will have to install and use an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle for at least 12 months after your driving privileges are restored.
That being said, if you are someone who has been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causing an accident in which a child in your vehicle was injured you will most likely face a Class C felony, which can land you in prison for up to 15 years. Finally, if you are charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and caused an accident and death of a child 15 years or younger, you will most likely face a Class B felony, which will land you in prison for up to 25 years. If you are facing any of the aforementioned charges, you must retain the services of an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney today. Our firm is here to help.
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.