At the Law Offices of Michael V. Cibella, LLC, our lawyers represent clients in Manhattan, Midtown, Brooklyn and throughout New York facing all types of DWI charges.
The criminal justice system can be difficult to understand. Our law firm has provided the following information to help you understand the basics of DWI charges and why it is important to work with an experienced defense attorney if you have been charged with a DWI.
What is DWI? DWI stands for driving while intoxicated and is a serious offense that can result in severe penalties and collateral consequences.
What is the difference between DWI and DWAI? DWI is a misdemeanor or felony charge and is when you are charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol. DWAI, or driving while your abilities are impaired by alcohol or drugs, is a traffic infraction and does not result in a criminal charge. You may still be sentenced to up to 15 days in jail for a DWAI offense.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and felony DWI charge? Misdemeanors are typically punishable by up to one year in jail. Felony DWI convictions are punishable by up to four years depending on the specific charge.
What will happen to my license? Your driving privileges will be affected if you are charged with a DWI in New York. Your license will be suspended after being charged with a DWI and your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher. You may be eligible to obtain a conditional license depending on your specific circumstances.
Punishments vary depending on the specific charges. Our DWI attorneys will provide skilled legal advice to ensure all options are explored to find the best possible outcome.
We invite you explore our website and call us at 212-818-1880 to discuss your specific legal situation. You can also contact us online.