Driving while intoxicated (DWI), as it is commonly known, is more accurately and legally known in the State of New York as Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. Why the distinction?
DWI and related driving offenses are among the most common and dangerous criminal offenses committed in the State of New York. Given its prevalence and the potential for serious injuries, the laws governing DWI offenses have become significantly punitive. A DWI (even a first offense) could result in a permanent criminal record, significant monetary fines, community service, probation, jail, license revocation, mandatory alcohol/drug programs and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. You could even have your automobile permanently taken away!
An experienced attorney will help minimize the adverse consequences that accompany a Driving While Intoxicated offense.
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