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Saturday, November 26, 2016

242 charged with DWI in NYS during Halloween crackdown

The New York Police Department often chooses holidays and other celebratory events to crack down on drivers who may have imbibed too much.  This is exactly what happened this past Halloween, when the NYPD set its’ sights on reducing the amount of impaired drivers on the road.

Halloween weekend, between October 28th and November 1st, officers arrested 242 individuals for driving while intoxicated. In addition to those arrests, troopers kept busy writing 11,497 tickets to drivers in New York for violations such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt
  • Speeding

According to the NYPD three people died and over 200 were injured in automobile crashes in that same weekend.

Basically, a lot of people had a pretty bad weekend, for one reason or another. For those facing charges of driving while intoxicated or otherwise impaired, you can bet they’re looking for an attorney to help get them out of this situation with the least amount of inconvenience.

What can a DWI/DUI mean for you?

New York breaks these types of charges into a number of categories:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Driving while ability impaired (DWAI)
  • Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Aggravated DWI)
  • Driving while ability impaired by a single drug (DWAI Drug)
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combined Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DWAI/Combination)
  • Chemical Test Refusal
  • Zero Tolerance Law (.02-.07 Blood Alcohol Concentration for drivers under 21)

Each of these charges comes with a range of punishments, which depend on how impaired you may have been. If you’ve been caught driving while impaired, this is what you could be looking at:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI) - mandatory fine of $300 - $500, license suspended for at least 90 days and a maximum jail term of 15 days.
  • DWAI (Second violation in 5 years) - mandatory fine of $500 - $750, license suspended for at least 6 months and a maximum jail term of 30 days.
  • DWI or DWAI (1st Offense) – mandatory fine of $500-$1,000, license suspended for at least 6 months (DWAI) or revoked for at least 6 months (DWI) and a maximum jail term of 1 year.
  • DWI or DWAI-Drug (Second violation in 10 years) - mandatory fine of $1,000-$5,000, license revoked for at least 1 year, and a maximum jail term of 4 years.
  • DWI or DWAI-Drug (Third violation in 10 years) - mandatory fine of $2,000-$10,000, license revoked for at least 1 year, and a maximum jail term of 7 years.
  • Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (AGG DWI) - mandatory fine of $1,000-$2,500, license revoked for at least 1 year, and a maximum jail term of 1 year.
  • AGG DWI (Second violation in 10 years) - mandatory fine of $1,000-$5,000, license revoked for at least 18 months, and a maximum jail term of 4 years.
  • AGG DWI (Third violation in 10 years) - mandatory fine of $2,000-$10,000, license revoked for at least 18 months, and a maximum jail term of 7 years.

Even if you feel you are guilty of the crime you have been charged with and intend to plead guilty, it is important to hire a first-rate criminal defense lawyer to represent you.  

Facing DWI/DUI Charges?

At Ianniello Anderson, P.C., our experienced DWI attorneys can assist you in fighting your charges or working out a reduced sentence. If you are facing DWI charges, call us today. Serving clients in the Albany, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Troy, and the entire Northeastern NY areas at (518) 350.7755.

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