If you’re found guilty or you plead guilty to a DWI in the state of New York, you will have a criminal record. It’s a misdemeanor grade offense. If you were ever charged with DWI again, you would face a felony.
A first-time conviction for DWI opens you up to ramifications of a fine schedule between $500.00 and $1,000.00. Your license would be suspended for a six-month period minimum. You’d be entitled to a conditional license if you’ve had no DWI convictions before. Depending upon the reading level in your bloodstream or the severity of the case, the judge can also impose an interlock device for your car that has to be utilized both when you start your car and as you’re driving.
A DWI conviction is a very serious situation. It is very important that you consult with an attorney who’s versed in DWI defense. There are many defenses available that can make all the difference in a case for you.
An effective attorney may be able to plea bargain to a lesser offense called driving while ability impaired by alcohol. Many misdemeanor DWI cases can be plea bargained down to driving while ability impaired, which is not a criminal charge. That’s just a traffic violation. It would only have a 90-day suspension period of your license. You will be eligible for a conditional license.
The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway serves all of Rockland County clients facing criminal charges, including DUIs, drug charges, sex crimes, violent crimes, and gun charges. If you need our legal services, contact our Spring Valley office for a consultation.