Chapter 1192 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law makes it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The state of New York has some of the toughest DWI/DWAI laws in the country. And that means you will need a tough DWI attorney. If you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol and a police officer pulls you over, they can administer a breath test at the scene. In a test at the scene, the breathalyzer immediately displays the results. These readings will indicate whether or not your blood alcohol content (BAC) is within the legal limit. Additionally, a test will determine whether or not an officer needs to make an arrest. If you find yourself facing charges for a DWI/DWAI–I can help.
Each state is different with regard to BAC limits. New York state categorizes driving while intoxicated as follows in its Vehicle and Traffic Laws:
- 1192.1 – driving while ability impaired
- 1192.2 – intoxicated per se – BAC is .08% or more
- 1192.2(a) – aggravated intoxication per se – BAC is .18% or more
- 1192.3 – common law intoxication
- 1192.4 – driving while ability impaired by drugs
Multiple convictions can be charged as a felony, and anyone convicted of felony DWI can face incarceration in state prison.
What happens after a DWI arrest
In New York, a person charged with a DWI/DWAI and in need of a DWI attorney could be subject to jail, suspension or revocation of their driving privileges, fines, and mandatory programs. The fines are very expensive, and the requirements are time-consuming. More importantly, the loss of driving privileges can prove to be a severe hardship.
Work with an experienced DWI attorney in New York
New York has some of the strictest DWI/DWAI laws in the country. Contact me today to discuss how we can defend your case.