DUI and DWI
A DWI offense, driving while intoxicated, refers to operating a motor vehicle while above the legal limit of intoxication. Throughout the United States, the legal limit of intoxication for drivers is 0.08%.
In the state of New York, however, an individual can still be arrested and charged with a DWI offense even if their blood-alcohol concentration level (BAC) is below the legal limit. This offense is known as a driving while ability impaired offense (DWAI). A DWAI means that the driver’s BAC is between 0.05 and 0.07 percent, or there is other evidence that the driver is impaired.
Penalties for DWI/DWAI offenses can include jail time, license suspension, and license revocation, points on your license, fines, misdemeanor charges, felony charges and more. Moreover, DWI charges are rarely expunged from an individual’s criminal record.
Leandra’s Law is the state of New York’s legislative response to a tragic incident in which a young girl was killed while riding in a vehicle with her intoxicated mother and friend. Essentially, Leandra’s law establishes a new Class E Felony, providing for stricter penalties against motorists who operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs while a child who is 15 years of age or younger is a passenger in the vehicle. Leandra’s law also strengthen restrictions against motorist sentenced for Driving While Intoxicated, requiring such drivers to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they own or operate.
The Law Office of Larry McCord and Associates has extensive experience handling a wide range of criminal matters, including traffic and DWI/DUI, providing competent, skillful and zealous representation. Because each case is unique, the attorneys carefully consider each client and their best interests to help them avoid further trouble with police and the courts.
If you have been charged with a crime, call the Law Office of Larry McCord & Associates, LLC for a free consultation at (631) 643-3084.
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