DWI

Can I Get a DWI for Prescription Drugs?

March 5, 2018

Many New Yorkers assume that charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI) involve alcohol consumption or the use of illegal drugs. However, even taking a prescription drug that impairs your ability to drive can result in a DWI charge with the same penalties as those that would be applicable to a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. Facing charges for a DWI because you were driving after you took prescription […] Read On

DWIs for NY Drivers Under 21

August 2, 2017

Young adults are notorious for making rash decisions, most of which have relatively harmless results. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as the decision to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have devastating consequences not only for the driver, but for anyone else who is on the road. To help prevent these types of accidents, the New York Legislature passed a series of provisions that specifically apply to drivers who […] Read On

Will a New York DWAI Appear on a Background Check?

There are a variety of different DWI charges in New York, one of which is Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI/Alcohol). A driver who is arrested for driving under the influence faces these charges if his or her Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level is higher than .05, but lower than .07 or if there is other evidence of impairment. Although DWAIs are not considered criminal offenses, they can still come up on a background […] Read On

I’m From Another State. What Happens if I Get a DWI in New York?

July 7, 2017

If an out-of-state resident is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in New York, the state treats all prior DUI-related convictions as though they had occurred in New York for sentencing purposes. But in order for the conviction to transfer, the out-of-state offense must be based on a law that is analogous to a similar New York law. Having prior DWI convictions can have a serious impact on how new offenses […] Read On

What is the Difference Between a DWI and a DUI in New York?

May 29, 2017

Although many drivers believe that DUIs and DWIs are interchangeable terms, the reality is that the two charges are very different. For instance, a DWI refers to when a driver’s blood alcohol content level (BAC) measures 0.08 percent or higher. DUIs, on the other hand, are charged when a driver’s BAC is lower than 0.08 percent, but he or she is still intoxicated, or is under the influence of drugs. The penalties for various drunk […] Read On

What if I Get a DWI While on Probation?

May 19, 2017

After a person is convicted of a crime, he or she is often able to avoid jail time by agreeing to a term of probation. In order to remain on probation and out of prison, the defendant must comply with specific conditions. Remaining free of additional arrests is just one of the conditions required of probationers. Failing to fulfill these responsibilities can have serious consequences, including jail time and heavy fines, so if you have […] Read On

Infographic: New York DWI Arrest Statistics

May 9, 2017

The state of New York tracks crime statistics by state and county (plus NYC) going back to 2007. We took a look at the DWI stats for New York City in 2016, and the results were alarming.

How Does a Prior DWI Conviction in Another State Affect My New York DWI?

Many people believe that an out-of-state DWI conviction has no repercussions in their home state of New York. In reality, New York is party to the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC), which requires each member to treat out-of-state convictions for drunk driving as if they had occurred in their own state. However, a conviction will not transfer if the prosecutor cannot establish that the out-of-state DUI offense was comparable to a similar offense in the […] Read On

How Does a NY DWI Conviction Affect My Driver’s License?

April 28, 2017

A person convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) faces serious criminal penalties, including jail time and hefty fines. However, this is not the only thing that defendants have to worry about, as offenders also face temporary and in some cases, permanent suspension of their driver’s licenses. In certain situations, it is possible to receive a conditional license that allows the driver to travel to and from work or school, but obtaining them can be difficult, […] Read On

How to Restore My License After a DWI in NY

April 20, 2017

In New York, a person’s driver’s license can be revoked for any number of reasons, including driving while intoxicated (DWI). Having a suspended or revoked license can make day to day life extremely difficult. For instance, those who do not live within walking distance of work may be required to carpool with a colleague or use public transportation to get to work on time. Not having a license can also make it nearly impossible to […] Read On