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Will I Be Penalized for an Out-of-State DWI in New York State?

Being caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered a serious matter in essentially every state. This is why New York State will sentence you to penalties even if your DWI offense occurred in another state. Read on to understand how you will be penalized for your out-of-state DWI and how a seasoned Spring Valley DWI defense attorney of The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway can work to defend your case.

Will I face penalties for an out-of-state DWI in New York State?

You will be charged with a DWI in the state where your offense occurred. However, your offense will likely be relayed to New York State’s Department of Motor Vehicles. And subsequently, they will likely send you a notice that your New York driver’s license is either suspended or revoked, depending on the severity of your offense.

Specifically, the penalty will be the revocation of your New York driver’s license for at least 90 days for an alcohol-related offense. And the revocation of your driver’s license will be at least six months for a drug-related offense. This even may extend to at least one year if you were under the age of 21 at the time. Additionally, in the event that you were arrested for a DWI in New York State within 10 years of your out-of-state conviction, then you will be treated as a repeat offender. These penalties are increased to align with second and third offenses.

On top of having your driver’s license revoked, you may be sentenced to hefty fines, long-term jail time, etc.

What are additional penalties for an out-of-state in New York State?

Your out-of-state DWI offense will either be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. But regardless, you committed a crime and you will now have to suffer the repercussion of a permanent criminal record.

For example, your out-of-state DWI offense will show up on your criminal background check and your driving record check. With this, you can assume that a New York employer will be able to see your conviction when conducting a routine background check. Ultimately, this can hurt your future employment opportunities.

Another point is that you can be legally refused employment or a professional license in New York State if there is a direct relationship between your DWI offense and the type of job or license you applied for. For example, you can be legally refused employment in any job that requires driving or operating heavy equipment.

This is why your out-of-state DWI should be taken as seriously as if it occurred in New York State. In the end, we recommend that you retain the services of a competent Rockland County criminal defense attorney who will work on your behalf to build a strong legal defense.


Attorney Conway is a Spring Valley criminal attorney and is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. Contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation today.

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