Administrative vs. Criminal DWI Proceedings

At Katz Lawyers, we have built a reputation throughout New York for helping people fight DWI charges and all their consequences. In addition to carrying criminal penalties such as fines and prison time, a DWI charge can impact your driving privileges.

Fighting The Criminal Consequences Of A DWI

The terms "DUI" and "DWI" are often used interchangeably, but "DWI" ( driving while intoxicated) is the legal term for drunk driving in New York. Whatever you call it, a drunk driving offense carries serious criminal consequences.

Mandatory fines for drunk driving offenses range from $500 to $10,000, which can cause significant financial strain. Even more serious is the possibility of jail time. For a first-time DWI charge, there is no mandatory minimum sentence but drivers may be sentenced for up to one year. All DWI offenses in New York require the installation and use of an ignition interlock device, which only adds to the substantial cost of a DWI.

The consequences of a DWI are not limited by New York state borders, and neither is our representation. We have helped many drivers from other states manage the effects of a DWI arrest in New York.

Administrative Penalties Can Be Severe, Too

New York City is one of the largest, most fast-paced cities in the world. To make it in the city that never sleeps, people must be able to get around – and, for many New Yorkers, that requires a driver's license.

However, your driver's license may be in jeopardy if you have been arrested on suspicion of DWI. Impaired driving violations can carry a license suspension or revocation lasting at least six months.

When a charge of drunk driving compromises your driving privileges, it becomes more difficult to get to work, run errands and fulfill family obligations. Some people with administrative license suspensions feel imprisoned by the inability to drive. The best way to protect your driver's license is to swiftly contact a trusted attorney with experience resolving DWI proceedings in New York.

Take Control Of Your Case. Call For A Consultation.

Don't let criminal or administrative penalties keep you from living your life. At Katz Lawyers, we have helped many New Yorkers protect their interests while resolving DWI charges and other traffic law matters.

We represent clients in the five boroughs of New York City and communities throughout the state of New York. Call us in Manhattan at 646-835-2330 or in Staten Island at 718-876-8105. You may also contact us online and expect a prompt response from a member of our firm.