Make no mistake, DWI/DUI charges in Western New York are very serious. If you have been charged, you need to hire an experienced attorney right now.  

With DWI, the defense attorney you hire can impact every aspect of your life; work, family, ability to drive, and in serious cases, your freedom. DWI/DUI are crimes that may result in loss of driving privileges, fines and/or possible jail time.  

To better understand your charges, alcohol and drug related violations in New York can include:

  • DWI: BAC .08 or higher, or other evidence of intoxication for drivers of private vehicles;

  • DWI: BAC .04 or higher, or other evidence of intoxication commercial vehicles;

  • Aggravated DWI: .18 BAC or higher;

  • DWAI/Alcohol: .05 to .07 BAC or other evidence of impairment while driving a private vehicle;

  • DWAI/Alcohol: .02 for drivers of commercial vehicles or drivers under the age of 21 for any vehicle;

  • DWAI/Drugs: Impaired by a single drug other than alcohol;

  • DWAI/Combination: Driving while impaired by combined influence of drugs and alcohol;

  • Felony DWI: Prior DWI/DWAI drug conviction, vehicular assault in the 1st or 2nd Degree, or vehicular manslaughter in the 1st or 2nd Degree, within the past 10 years, which allow for a felony DWI to be charged.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, DWI charges can range from mandatory fines, surcharges and DMV penalties from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00, accompanied by a possible maximum prison term of 1 to 7 years, and revocation of your drivers license for 6-18 months.

Factors that can impact DWI/DWAI charges are:

  • Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 to .07 are subject to the New York State Zero Tolerance Law.

  • Whether the driver was operating a private or commercial vehicle.

  • Previous DWI/DWAI arrest or convictions.

  • Driver Attitude or Behavior.

  • Additional Charges.

Please contact us to today to speak with an experienced DWI Defense Attorney 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at our Lockport, New York or Buffalo, New York offices. CALL (716) 433-5555.




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