New York City DWI Lawyer

If you have been charged with DWI, felony DWI in New York, you face very harsh penalties. In addition to criminal penalties that include a heavy fine, there will be fees, court costs and the suspension of your driver's license.

Katz Lawyers in New York City has been protecting the rights of drivers charged with DWI or related traffic charges throughout New York state for more than 15 years. Under the direction of founding attorney Seth Katz, our law firm has earned recognition among police, prosecutors and judges for approaching every DWI defense case with integrity, respect for the client and an understanding of the process.

Call us to discuss the circumstances of your DWI or other charges related to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Penalties For Adult Drivers

In jurisdictions throughout the state of New York, county judges have leeway to deviate from the DWI sentencing guidelines in most cases. Depending upon the circumstances of the arrest, the driver's previous record and specific charges, however, some mandatory minimum sentences may apply.

>.18 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) aggravated driving while intoxicated (AGG-DWI) first offense misdemeanor

Fine: Up to $2,500
Jail: Up to 12 months
Driver's license: Minimum one-year revocation

Second offense AGG-DWI within 10 years (class E misdemeanor)

Fine: Up to $5,000
Jail: Up to 48 months
Driver's license: Minimum 18-month revocation

Third offense AGG-DWI within 10 years (class D misdemeanor)

Fine: Up to $10,000
Jail: Up to seven years
Driver's license: Minimum 18-month revocation

>.08 BAC driving while impaired (DWI) and driving while impaired by drugs (DWAI-drug) misdemeanor

Fine: Up to $1,000
Jail: Up to one year
Driver's license: Minimum six-month revocation

Second offense DWI or DWAI within 10 years, class E felony

Fine: Up to $5,000
Jail: Up to four years
Driver's license: Minimum one-year revocation

Third offense DWI or DWAI within 10 years, class D felony

Fine: Up to $10,000
Jail: Up to seven years
Driver's license: Minimum one-year revocation

>.05 BAC driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI), traffic infraction

Fine: Up to $500
Jail: Up to 15 days
Driver's license: Minimum 90-day suspension

Second offense DWAI within five years, traffic infraction

Fine: Up to $750
Jail: Up to 30 days
Driver's license: Minimum six-month revocation

Third offense DWAI within 10 years, misdemeanor

Fine: Up to $1,500
Jail: Up to 180 days
Driver's license: Minimum six-month revocation

Underage DWI

Penalties for underage DWI vary depending upon the circumstances and age of the driver. Generally, the penalties are increased and the DWI does not necessarily get removed from the driving record at age 21.

Defense Strategies

Every DWI or DWAI charge begins with the police officer's reasonable cause for making the traffic stop. Unless the police are able to demonstrate that they witnessed erratic or illegal behavior by the driver, there is likely a violation of civil rights. In addition, police must have a reasonable cause for searching the driver's body, personal belongings or motor vehicle in order to seize evidence of alcohol or drug possession or use while driving.

Effective DWI defense begins with investigating the traffic stop and the officer's actions at the scene. We challenge everything about the arrest, from reasonable cause to the proper reading of your rights and administering the field sobriety test.

Challenging the BAC test is one of the most important elements of an effective defense strategy. The Breathalyzer or other test device must be carefully calibrated, the evidence handled according to specific protocol and the lab technicians properly trained. Any deviation from standards may be cause for challenging the validity of the test results.

You can trust Katz Lawyers to aggressively challenge everything about your DWI charges. Prosecutors know that when we come to the table with our case, we are thoroughly prepared to take the case to trial.

Call Katz Lawyers — Your First Line Of DWI Defense In New York

Our Manhattan office number is 646-835-2330. Our Staten Island office number is 718-876-8105. Or contact us by email to arrange an initial case evaluation. From offices in New York City and Staten Island, we represent clients in DWI and DWAI defense cases throughout New York.