Any driving while intoxicated charge is taken very seriously in New York State. However, when you already have a DWI on your criminal record and then get another, the consequences become more severe. If you have been charged with a third or subsequent DWI offense, you should expect that you will face as many penalties as the court can give you within the law. It is important that you retain the services of an experienced driving while intoxicated defense attorney to assist you during this time.
Upon being charged with a third or subsequent offense DWI, you will be facing a Class D felony. This is a very serious charge. You may be facing up to 7 years of imprisonment, a fine between $2,000 and $10,000, and lose your license for many years. The court and the Department of Motor Vehicles will have to determine whether you should be subject to a license revocation for 5 years, 10 years, or even a permanent loss of license. You will also likely be subject to the installation of an ignition interlock device after you have completed your sentence. It must be installed throughout the time your license is suspended and for an additional period of time after it is reinstated.
If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney 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.