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Recent NY court ruling affirms severity of DUI cases

Recent NY court ruling affirms severity of DUI cases

Have you been charged with a DWI? You might know others who have been arrested for drunk driving and are okay. Maybe you are worried, but aren’t too afraid of what a possible conviction would mean for you long-term. Do not underestimate the seriousness of this legal situation.

New York takes DWI cases seriously, and the state’s court of appeals just confirmed how seriously. The recent ruling allows for the permanent suspension of driving privileges among those considered to be “chronic DWI offenders.” For anyone classified as such, it takes the one, first DWI to get a criminal record of DWIs started. Defending against the first, therefore, is important.

Do you think you have the right to drive? The ability to drive is more than one’s desire to take a joyride. Transportation is necessary for many to get to work to support themselves and their family. The loss of driving privileges can be a significant loss to an entire household’s stability.

Still, even if you believe driving is necessary or a right, New York’s criminal justice system says no. Even those who have been convicted of repeat DWI charges and completed waiting periods can still be refused upon seeking the renewal of their driver’s licenses. This is a tough aspect of DWI sentencing, which also can include prison time and a fine.

The future of your driving privileges is not necessarily doomed. Depending on your case and your criminal record, you might be approved to receive your license back or at least a hardship license. The guidance of an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer can help your chances in mitigating the severity of your sentencing.

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