When facing criminal charges in New York State, hiring a knowledgeable attorney is crucial to help build your case. Among the qualities of a criminal defense attorney is a connection with the local legal community. A local attorney knows the police officers, prosecutors, clerks, and judges, understands how they think, knows how the courtroom operates, and has valuable inside knowledge on how to handle your case.
April 11, 2016
Westchester Da’s Office Changes Dwi Refusal Plea Bargain Guidelines
In a DWI refusal policy change beginning in December of 2014, the Westchester DA’s Office will no longer reduce the first DWI misdemeanor to a violation DWAI if the driver refused to take the breathalyzer. Additionally, the same guideline change was made for a DWI where the driver has a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .14% or higher. This policy change is significant and puts Westchester County DWI and DWI refusal enforcement along the same lines as Nassau County.
Attorneys with DWI clients that are charged with DWI refusal of the breathalyzer, or blow with a BAC of .14% or more, will now need to take their case to trial to try to avoid a misdemeanor conviction.
According to statistics from New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were 274,592 total adult arrests statewide in 2021. Facing criminal charges in New York State can be a scary and overwhelming experience.
Every day, drivers in our state are arrested for drunk driving. While not all of these drivers will be convicted, many of them will see some form of penalty. In 2021, there were 21,529 people who were issued tickets for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in the state of New York, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Facing any kind of drunk driving charges in New York is a very serious matter and one that should be handled by a professional.