Hudson Valley DWI Attorney
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Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a crime, and a conviction carries severe penalties. If you have been charged with DWI in the Hudson Valley area, it is important to seek out an experienced DWI attorney to advocate for you. The DWI lawyers serving Hudson Valley at Letterio & Haug, LLP are here to help you. Our DWI lawyers will be with you every step of the way to help find the best possible resolution.
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DWI Charges in Beacon, New York
An individual’s coordination, judgment, and driving ability are impaired by the consumption of alcohol. The degree of impairment depends on the amount of alcohol a person drinks, the length of time in which the alcohol was consumed, body weight, gender, and how much food was eaten before and during the time when alcohol was consumed. New York has several types of DWI charges that use blood alcohol content (BAC) as evidence of intoxication.
DWI charges in Beacon, New York include:
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – A BAC of 0.08 or 0.04 for commercial motor vehicle drivers
- Aggravated DWI - 0.18 BAC or higher
- Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI) – BAC above 0.05 but less than 0.07
- Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combined Influence of Drugs and Alcohol – driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
- Chemical test refusal – Refusing to take a chemical test
- Zero tolerance law – A driver under the age of 21 with a BAC of 0.02 to 0.07
Any DWI conviction is serious and can have a significant and lasting impact on your life. For this reason, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Our DWI lawyers serving Hudson Valley have nearly two decades of combined experience representing clients charged with DWI near Poughkeepsie, New York.
Penalties for DWI Convictions
First-time alcohol DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol) offenders can be sentenced to up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.
First-time offenders convicted of a DWI, Drug-DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired), or combination DWAI (both drugs and alcohol) is up to one year in prison.
Instead of a jail sentence, many courts choose to fine first-time offenders with a fine of up to $1,000, although the circumstances of the case may impact the offender's ability to get a "plea deal" from the court and receive a reduced sentence by pleading guilty.
Additionally, first-time offenders have their license revoked for six months, and must complete a term of probation or conditional discharge. This involves installing an ignition interlock device (IID) on the offender's car for a minimum of six months to a year.
The offender may also have to participate in other rehabilitative measures, such as attending treatment for drug or alcohol addiction and participating in driving courses to ensure they don't repeat their mistakes in the future.
Individuals who continue to commit DWI or DWAI offenses multiple times, particularly within a 25-year span, often face increased penalties. This can include fines of up to $10,000, jail sentences of up to 7 years, and permanent license revocation.
Being convicted of a DWI or DWAI can, and probably will, completely change your life. A DWI or DWAI conviction often makes it harder to continue working thanks to license revocations, fines, and even jail sentences. Finding future employment can also be more difficult with a DWI or DWAI conviction on your record.
If you have been charged with DWI, contact us at 845-203-0997. We are always available to assist you, and our office is conveniently located in Beacon, NY. We are here for clients throughout Orange County, Ulster County, and Putnam County.
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