Felony DWI is a serious charge. If you are charged with Felony DWI you need serious representation from the right team of lawyers. In New York State, most DWIs are considered misdemeanor offenses. However, there are some cases where the level of the driving while intoxicated charge is elevated to a felony. When it comes to felony DWI, the charges are more serious, the fines are higher and the punishments are more severe.
You can be charged with a felony DWI if you:
- Have been convicted of a previous DWI in the last 10 years
- Are arrested for driving while intoxicated with a passenger in the vehicle under age 16
We have DWI and DWAI criminal defense lawyers standing by and ready to help you.
Call the attorneys at The Law Offices of Rubinstein, Zeh and Associates at 1-800-960-1529 to receive information and guidance from our DWI attorneys. Our attorneys will help you understand the charges that you are facing and how we can help defend your case.
If you are convicted of a felony DWI in, New York you will be subjected to a variety of penalties, including loss of your driver license, hefty fines and possible jail time. Here are just some of the consequences you can expect to face:
|Violation||Mandatory Fine||Maximum Jail Term||Mandatory Driver License Action|
|Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (AGG DWI)||$1,000 – $2,500||1 year||Revoked for at least one year|
|Second AGG DWI in 10 years (E felony)||$1,000 – $5,000||4 years||Revoked for at least 18 months|
|Third AGG DWI in 10 years (D felony)||$2,000 – $10,000||7 years||Revoked for at least 18 months|
|Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving While Impaired by a Drug (DWAI-Drug)||$500 – $1,000||1 year||DWI – Revoked for at least six months DWAI-Drug – Suspended for at least six months|
|Second DWI or DWAI-Drug violation in 10 years (E felony)||$1,000 – $5,000||4 years||Revoked for at least one year|
|Third DWI or DWAI-Drug violation in 10 years (D felony)||$2,000 – $10,000||7 years||Revoked for at least one year|
|Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combination of Alcohol/Drugs (DWAI-Combination)||$500 – $1,000||1 year||Revoked for at least six months|
|Second DWAI-Combination in 10 years (E felony)||$1,000 – $5,000||4 years||Revoked for at least one year|
|Third DWAI-Combination in 10 years (D felony)||$2,000 – $10,000||7 years||Revoked for at least one year|
|Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI)||$300 – $500||15 days||Suspended for 90 days|
|Second DWAI violation in five years||$500 – $750||30 days||Revoked for at least six months|
|Third or subsequent DWAI within 10 years (misdemeanor)||$750 – $1,500||180 days||Revoked for at least six months|
|Zero Tolerance Law violation||$125 civil penalty and $100 fee to terminate suspension||None||Suspended for six months|
|Second Zero Tolerance Law violation||$125 civil penalty and $100 re-application fee||None||Revoked for one year or until age 21|
|Chemical Test Refusal||$500 civil penalty ($550 for commercial drivers)||None||Revoked for at least one year, 18 months for commercial drivers|
|Chemical Test Refusal within five years of a previous DWI-related charge/Chemical Test Refusal||$750 civil penalty||None||Revoked for at least 18 months, one year or until age 21 for drivers under age 21, permanent CDL revocation for commercial drivers|
|Chemical Test Refusal – Zero Tolerance Law||$300 civil penalty and $100 re-application fee||None||Revoked for at least one year|
|Chemical Test Refusal – Second or subsequent Zero Tolerance Law||$750 civil penalty and $100 re-application fee||None||Revoked for at least one year|
|Driving Under the Influence (Out-of-State)||N/A||N/A||Revoked for at least 90 days; if less than 21 years of age, revoked at least one year|
|Driving Under the Influence (Out-of State) with any previous alcohol-drug violation||N/A||N/A||Revoked for at least 90 days (longer term with certain prior offenses); if less than 21 years of age, revoked at least one year or until age 21 (longest term)|
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Rubinstein, Zeh and Associates are committed to forming a vigorous defense on behalf of individuals who stand accused of such DWI crimes such as DWI Felony or a DWI charge of vehicular assault or DWI vehicular manslaughter. Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of your rights, and the potential penalties that may arise and the possible weaknesses in the charges against you; such as improper testing equipment, inaccurate field sobriety tests or an illegal search and seizure.
At the Law Offices of Rubinstein, Zeh and Associates, we understand that no two cases are alike. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Rubinstein, Zeh and Associates, have many years of experience handling DWI cases. The attorneys at the law offices of Rubinstein, Zeh and Associates can help you navigate through the DWI criminal defense process, and make it easily manageable in your time of need. Our attorneys are not only trained in handling simple DWI or DWAI matters, we take care of complex DWI defense litigation in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County, Bronx, Westchester, Richmond County, Manhattan and Brooklyn Kings County New York.
If you or a loved one has been charged in New York with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI), you need a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer. We have successfully handled misdemeanor and felony DWI cases. We have also represented those charged with chemical test refusals (e.g. refusing to give a breath, blood or urine sample) both in the courts and at DMV hearings. Our lawyers have assisted countless people in obtaining hardship driver licenses and conditional driver licenses.
We strive to protect our clients by creating effective strategic defenses for clients charged with:
- DWI Felony
- Commercial DWI
- DWI with a non-automobile
- BWI (boating while intoxicated)
- DWI and DWAI Vehicular Manslaughter
- Aggravated DWI
- DWI Under age 21
- DWI probation
- DWI with injury
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