In the state of New York, if you’re charged as a second offender where you had a prior DWI conviction in the prior 10 years, you are facing a felony charge. As a felony, the matter is very serious.
A felony offender can receive a state prison sentence, a sentence of probation of up to five years, and local time in a local jail up to 12 months. A felony on your record could impact the rest of your life. It would disallow you from many jobs, state licenses, and the ability to vote.
The penalties are severe and the prosecution and the courts are hostile towards repeat offenders. If you are charged with a felony, it is important that you seek the advice of a criminal attorney who is versed in DWI defense. Many factors can affect whether or not the prosecution does, in fact, present it as a felony.
An effective criminal defense attorney may be able to have the matter reduced and sent back as a misdemeanor to the justice court. It is important that you contact an attorney with the skill and knowledge to fight these charges.
The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway has years of Rockland DWI defense experience. Our criminal defense firm also handles drug offenses, gun crimes, violent crimes, juvenile crimes, larceny, and much more. If you need our legal services, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway.