In 2021, according to statistics from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, there were about 21,624 misdemeanor and 3,757 felony DWI arrests statewide. In New York State, motorists are prohibited from operating a vehicle while intoxicated, ability impaired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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.
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An adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACD) is one of the best outcomes that can be offered in a plea bargain, aside from a complete dismissal. If you are offered an ACD, you will be able to resolve the case without entering a guilty plea.