Recent Changes to New York Drunk Driving Laws
A DWI can be a life-changing situation. If you have been charged with DWI/DUI, it’s critical to retain an experienced New York DWI attorney who knows the laws and courts intimately and can mount a vigorous defense for you, because even a DWI first offense can result in significant consequences. In recent years, major changes in New York DWI Penalties have been made; the legislature, courts and prosecutors are getting tough on drunk drivers. Your defense team must be strong. Mark J. Sacco will handle all DWI charges, including Underage DWI, Misdemeanor DWI, Aggravated DUI, and Felony DUI, and Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide.
Alcohol-Related Vehicular Homicide
If you’ve been charged with alcohol-related traffic offenses in New York, the knowledgeable, talented defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC can help. We offer experienced criminal defense representation in all traffic-related matters, including DWI cases. Call our Schenectady or Albany, New York, law offices at 518-631-4046 or contact us online. Our areas of expertise include CDL Violations, Ignition Interlock Device law and Chemical Test Refusal law.
DWI First Offense Over .18
In the past, the best defense for a first-time DWI charge was to seek a reduction of the charges to DWAI (driving while ability impaired); DWAI is not a criminal conviction. Under recent changes to New York law, however, no one alleged to have over a .18 blood alcohol level may receive such a reduction, even for a DWI first offense. Instead, prosecutors now seek misdemeanor convictions in such cases. Now more than ever, it’s critical for people charged with a DWI in New York to seek experienced legal representation.
Other Recent Changes to New York Drunk Driving Laws
Just a few years ago, New York’s legal limit was .10. Like many states around the nation, New York’s legal limit is now a .08. Whereas a refusal to take a chemical test formerly resulted in a six-month license suspension, the term of license suspension is now a full year. Moreover, a second DWI conviction within 15 years of a previous DWI conviction is now a felony and can result in a lengthy prison term. If you’ve been charged with drinking and driving, whether it’s a DWI first offense or a repeat offense, protect your rights by contacting an experienced DWI defense lawyer. To contact the Law Offices of Mark J. Sacco, PLLC, call us at 518-380-6005 or contact us online.
New York Drunk Driving Laws: Protecting Your Rights
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