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 breathalizer. 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 breathalizer, 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.