Have you been arrested not once, but twice for Driving Under The Influence? New York is tough on this type of crime, and the penalties associated with a repeat offense of driving under the influence can change your life forever. A second Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge is classified as a misdemeanor in New York unless it’s a second offense in the span of ten years and it will then be classified as a felony. The financial consequences associated with this second charge are much more severe than if it had been your first offense.
In order to avoid the possibility of these severe penalties, you must secure strong legal representation as soon as possible. At the Law Firm of Gianni Karmily, we take the time to listen to your situation and will aggressively defend you from the penalties you may soon face. It is not impossible to get a second DWI charge dismissed or reduced–but attempting to do so without the help of a criminal defense attorney will be extremely challenging.
Read on to learn more about the penalties for a second DWI charge in New York, and schedule a free criminal case evaluation with the Law Firm of Gianni Karmily if you need a lawyer to help you during this tough time. Gianni Karmily is a trusted Long Island lawyer with extensive experience helping drivers like yourself fight back against harsh penalties.
What Are The Penalties For A Second DWI Charge In New York?
As we mentioned earlier, a second DWI is considered a felony under New York State law if it occurred within ten years of the first one. Those who are charged with a second DWI (within a ten year period) will face a jail sentence that can be as long as four years. In addition to jail or probation, you may face a mandatory court fine that could be as high as $2,500.
Still, there are even more severe consequences someone may face. Your driver’s license will be revoked as well. Your license revocation after a second DWI will be for at least one year depending on the specific arrest details.
As with any other criminal charge, penalties could double and become more severe depending upon the circumstances surrounding your arrest. For example, if you were caught drinking and driving and it was your second DWI, but there are aggravating factors, you may be pinned for reckless driving or another similar charge as well. Any additional charges such as this will certainly increase the amount of penalties you face– unless you hire an attorney who knows how to fight these charges.
What Are Some Defenses I Can Take After A Second DWI Charge?
As you likely already know, most law enforcement officials can scan your plates and look up detailed information about you, your driving record, and your criminal history all in one shot. For this reason, some law enforcement officials approach your vehicle with a predetermined bias before they pull you over.
As your dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Gianni Karmily will review, on your behalf, the prosecution’s evidence, in order to find the best way to cast doubt on the state’s case against you. In some cases, results taken from a breathalyzer, blood test or other chemical examination may be disputed in court, or the arresting police officer’s testimony may be challenged in court.
If you received your second DWI within the last ten years, It’s important to act swiftly and contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Schedule An In-Depth Criminal Case Evaluation With Gianni Karmily If You Have Been Charged With A Second DWI In New York
If you or a loved one have been charged with a second offense DWI in Nassau County, Long Island, you need strong representation to help you fight back. The Law Firm of Gianni Karmily has the resources you need to dispute the state’s evidence during legal proceedings. As mentioned earlier, a second DWI charge can have serious implications on your personal and professional life. Don’t risk the chance of having to pay a high fine, getting your license revoked, receiving probation or even serving jail time. Contact a strong Nassau County, Long Island criminal defense attorney right away to mitigate the risk of facing harsh penalties.
Schedule your in-depth criminal case evaluation today with The Law Firm Of Gianni Karmily.