DUI Charge in New York?/
Nobody sets out to get a DUI charge. But if you have a few drinks and get out on the road, these things can happen. Drinking and driving can lead to serious accidents which can cause additional charges to be filed if a person is injured or killed due to an accident.
Driving under the influence, sometimes known as driving while impaired (DWI) is a serious charge. This article will let you know a little more about the charges you’re facing and what you can do to deal with them.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence, contact the Law Office of Michael D. Litman today. We offer a free consultation, so there’s no obligation when you pick up the phone or send us an email. Contact us and we’ll let you know your options.
Contact Michael D. Litman
If you’ve been accused, charged or arrested for DWI, you should contact the Law Office of Michael D. Litman, PLLC as soon as possible. Michael Litman, based in White Plains, NY, has over a decade of experience and knowledge defending those charged with DWI offenses. We serve residents of Westchester County, White Plains and the New York Metro area.
Driving under the influence includes a range of charges, each of which is handled in a slightly different way. For example, an individual with a higher blood alcohol level may be charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, instead of simply driving while intoxicated. An individual found guilty of multiple cases of driving under the influence within a 10-year period will face harsher penalties on subsequent offenses.
Driving while intoxicated
The penalty for driving while intoxicated is a fine of $500 to $1,000, jail time for up to one year, and license revocation for at least six months. Subsequent offenses may receive stiffer penalties.
Aggravated driving while intoxicated
The penalty for aggravated driving while intoxicated is a fine of $1,000 to $2,500, up to one year in jail, and license revocation for at least one year. Subsequent offenses may receive stiffer penalties.
Driving while ability impaired by alcohol
The penalty for driving with ability impaired by alcohol is a fine of $300 to $500, up to 15 days’ jail time, and license suspension for 90 days.
Driving while ability impaired by a single drug other than alcohol
The penalty for driving while impaired by a drug is a fine of $500 to $1,000, jail time for up to one year, and license suspension for at least six months. Subsequent offenses may receive stiffer penalties.
Driving while ability impaired by a combined influence of drugs or alcohol
The penalty for driving while ability impaired by a combination of alcohol/drugs is a fine of $500 to $1,000, jail time for up to one year, and license revocation for at least six months. Subsequent offenses may receive stiffer penalties.
Zero tolerance law
The Zero tolerance law applies when a driver under the age of 21 drives with a BAC between .02 and .07.The penalty for breaking the zero tolerance law is a $125 fine, six months’ license suspension, and a $100 fee to terminate the suspension.
An individual convicted of a DUI offense in another state will have his or her license revoked for at least 90 days. If the individual is less than 21 years old, the license will be revoked for at least a year.
What to do if You’ve been Arrested for a DUI-Related Offense
Should you ever be arrested for a DUI-related offense, the most important thing is that you don’t incriminate yourself any further. Do not admit to anything, including having drank any alcohol, you are not required to talk to the police officer. Don’t try to talk the officer out of arresting you. If the officer has already taken out the cuffs, the decision has already been made. It’s much more likely that you’ll say something that will hurt your case than that you’ll convince the officer to change his or her mind. You have the right to remain silent. This is the time to use it.
Since 2014, the Law Office of Michael D. Litman has been representing the criminal defense needs of the citizens of White Plains, Westchester County and the New York Metro area. With attorney Michael Litman defending his clients since 2007, we have the knowledge and the experience to help with all your DUI defense needs. If you have questions or need to set up a consultation, contact us online or call us today. Our firm will work with you from the arraignment all the way through to the trial.