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DWI statutes are complex, so our DWI lawyers at Lebedin Kofman LLP continually hone our knowledge and strategies to provide effective defense. We will use our strong experience and legal skills to protect your rights and fight for your driving privileges. As members of the National College of DWI Defense, we can handle your case from arraignment through trial, if necessary.

You can rely on our Staten Island DWI lawyers to provide you with the effective and dedicated representation you deserve.

DWI vs. DUI

Throughout the U.S., various names are used to describe impaired driving. The different terms often are used interchangeably, but some states have specific legal criteria associated with each acronym. DWI is the only legal term for drunk driving recognized in New York state.

DWI refers to your BAC, blood alcohol concentration. Those 21 years old or older, with a BAC level of 0.08 percent to 0.17 percent, are deemed legally drunk. A commercial driver is considered drunk at 0.04 percent. Those younger than 21 years old are held to a BAC of 0.02 percent to 0.07 percent.

DWI Penalties

Potential sentences vary depending on how many times you have been charged with DWI, as well as the amount of time between charges. For a first offense, fines can range from $500 to $1,000, while jailtime varies from six months to one year. You could lose your license for six months.

Like a first offense, a second offense is a misdemeanor if more than 10 years have passed between charges. That second offense becomes a felony if fewer than 10 years have passed. Fines range from $1,000 to $5,000 and convicts may spend four or more years in jail. Your driver’s license can be revoked for at least one year.

A third DWI charge is always a felony. Fines are between $2,000 and $10,000 with a jail term of at least seven years. Your driver’s license is revoked for at least one year.

You also might forfeit your vehicle, be required to attend court-ordered counseling, have an ignition interlock device installed on your car that monitors your BAC, and pay increased auto insurance rates.

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When you have been arrested for DWI in Staten Island, make us your first call. Our skilled DWI lawyers will pore over each detail of your case to structure a targeted defense strategy. When your personal and financial freedom are at stake, put our extensive knowledge of DWI law and legal proceedings to work for you.

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