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When Can You Be Charged With DWI?

In New York, driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense that may have lasting consequences. DWIs can be charged for both alcohol and drug impairment while operating a vehicle. Being impaired by an illegal substance will lead to severe penalties if convicted, though you could receive a DWI for driving while affected by a prescription drug as well.

Drunk driving penalties are based on the level of intoxication. You can be charged if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. If it is 0.18% or higher, you can receive an aggravated DWI, which results in more drastic penalties than a regular DWI.

License Suspension After A DWI

Like other criminal charges, you can be sentenced to jail time and fees for a DWI. In addition to this, all DWIs will result in license suspension of at least a month, but the suspension could last a year or more.

Losing your license will no doubt impact your life for the duration of the suspension. Most people cannot afford to lose their driving privileges, as they may not have other viable options to get to work or take their children to school.

Palacios Law Group is a firm of knowledgeable attorneys who work to defend people charged with a DWI. Even after your license has been suspended, we can work to earn it back again.

Consult Us About Your Case

Our lawyers are highly practiced in the courtroom defending clients from criminal charges. Our clients appreciate our collaborative approach, in which we explain each element of the case so they never feel misinformed about what we are doing.

To schedule a free consultation, please call 516-873-8783  or email us. Our main office is in Mineola but we practice statewide.

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