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What Are Some of the New Penalties for DUI/DWI in New York?

September 26, 2014 New York Lawyers

On August 2, Governor Cuomo will sign a tough new drunk driving law. The law makes it a felony to drive drunk with children under the age of 15 in the car. The law also requires all convicted drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock in their cars or trucks.

Under a current law known as “Leandra’s Law”, convicted drunk drivers have been able to avoid installing ignition interlocks in the cars, which are Breathalyzer-type devices, by saying they don’t own a car. Under the new law, convicted drunk drivers will have to take an oath in court saying they no longer own a vehicle in order to avoid installing the device. If they are caught lying, they could face perjury charges as well as other criminal charges.

The bill also increases the period of time that a driver’s license is suspended for drivers who don’t install ignition interlocks – from six months currently to one year under the bill. Any motorists who drive drunk under a conditional license also face increased penalties. Conditional licenses are licenses that the court issues to convicted drunk drivers who need to drive in order to get to and from work. Finally, the bill also makes anyone convicted of a DUI/DWI in New York who is under the age of 18 subject to the installation of interlock systems.

DUI and DWI penalties are greatly increasing under the bill, and most likely will continue to do so. Therefore, if you are facing DUI or DWI charges in New York., it’s critical that you avoid a conviction. A drunk driving conviction on your record can seriously harm your ability in the future to obtain a job or a professional license, as well as can harm your life in other ways.

When charged with a DUI, especially if it’s the first one you’ve ever gotten, it might seem like a good idea to not hire a DUI attorney. When a price tag of thousands of dollars is tacked on to having one, turning down a Los Angeles DUI attorney sounds even better. Before you decide not to get a DUI attorney, though, the truth is hiring one can be incredibly beneficial to you and your future.

DUI Charges Are Very Serious
When being charged with a DUI, it’s important to know that the consequences very serious, even for the first DUI. Most people might think that they just have to pay a fine and they’re done. While a fine is possible, you may also be forced to do community service hours, have your driver’s license suspended, or even spend time in jail for the first DUI charge. In the aftermath, the price of your car insurance may increase and, if you drive a company vehicle, you might not be able to get car insurance at all. A DUI attorney is going to be able to lessen the consequences of the DUI charge even before you have to go to trial. They’ll also be able to tell you if you should plead innocent or guilty and what that plea will mean for you in the future.

Attorneys Know The System
If you’re being charged with your first DUI and you’ve never been charged with a crime before, the court process can be incredibly overwhelming. Luckily, if you hire a DUI attorney, they’ve been trained in law. They’re going to know the system very well. Plus, they’ve gone through this process with other individuals before. They’re going to know how to handle you, your case, and the other people involved in the trial. This means that they’re going to be able to speak for you in ways that you wouldn’t be able to do on your own.

It’s Cheaper In The Long Run
Thousands of dollars to hire one man to help you might sound like a lot, but if you don’t have that legal help, there’s going to be a lot more money and time spent on your own. Because DUI attorneys know the system and can speak for you, they’re going to be better equipped to handle the pressures of court and, in turn, lessen fines, time spent in jail and community service, and even prevent your driver’s license from being revoked. Just on having your driver’s license in tact, you’re going to be able to drive places on your own, saving money on taxis, buses, and other services that would cost more than driving your car alone. On deducted fines and lesser time spent in jail and doing community service, it’s not long before hiring that attorney pays for itself.

Instead of going through a DUI trial on your own, it’s a good idea to hire a DUI attorney. They’re going to know the system and the possible outcomes, which means they’re going to be able to handle your case very well. Despite the fact they cost a lot of money to hire, they’re going to pay for themselves in the long run by saving you money on fines and cutting time spent in jail and on community service hours. If you have the money, it’s a very good idea to hire the best DUI attorney you can. The benefits of having that attorney are going to outweigh the amount of money you have to pay for their services. It’s not just about money – it’s about your future.

What Are the Penalties for DWI in New York City?

New Year’s Eve is here, and that brings extra DWI checkpoints and arrests of drunk drivers who were celebrating a little too much. Many people think that having a couple of drinks won’t affect their driving ability, or they may think that drinking and driving really isn’t that big of a problem.

Unfortunately, drinking and driving is a huge problem in New York. About a third of the traffic fatalities in New York State involve intoxicated or impaired pedestrians or drivers. And studies have shown that any amount of drinking will affect a driver’s coordination and judgment. How much a person becomes impaired depends on the amount of alcohol that person drinks, whether food is eaten before or while drinking, a person’s weight, and the length of time spent drinking.

If you do choose to drink and drive, the chances of being caught are better than ever. New York State has a program called STOP-DWI that returns drunk driving fines to counties if they use the money to operate programs for drunk driving enforcement, prosecution, adjudication, and education. Every New York county has a STOP-DWI program.

The penalties for a DWI in New York are steep. If you are under 21, your driver’s license will be revoked for a year if you are convicted of a DWI in New York, or if you refuse to take a chemical test. If you commit a second offense while you’re under 21, your license is revoked for a year or until you turn 21, whichever’s longer. People over 21 receive either a three month or six month license suspension or revocation. In addition to the loss of your driver’s license, people caught drinking and driving face a jail sentence and a fine, as well as increased insurance premiums in the future and other negative consequences.



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