Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are New York City & Long Island DWI lawyers who can help you avoid criminal conviction if you’ve been charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Our primary goal is to deliver the highest caliber of legal representation to those accused of DWI – whether a misdemeanor or a felony charge.
If you are facing a DWI, whether your blood-alcohol level was above or just at the legal limit (.08), or you refused to take a breathalyzer test, our NY criminal defense attorneys will outline your options, suggest the best course of action and protect your legal rights every step of the way.
Drunk driving in the state of New York is a serious crime that carries grave consequences. Authorities have the right to suspend your driver’s license, impose hefty fines and put you in jail, depending on the details of your arrest.
Consequences of a DWI in New York
New York has some of the country’s toughest laws when it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And since DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is a criminal offense, its ramifications are far-reaching. Many don’t realize that a DWI conviction stays on your criminal record for life, which can negatively impact future opportunities for employment, continuing education, and housing. On top of this, a DWI arrest in New York often leads to financial hardships, as you struggle to pay fines, fees for license reinstatement, and increased car insurance rates.
New York law enforcement officers use blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, to establish whether one is considered legally intoxicated while driving.
Drivers will face a DWI charge if their BAC is:
- 0.08% (21 years old or older)
- 0.04% (drivers of commercial motor vehicle)
- 0.02% (younger than 21)
Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are veteran DWI attorneys serving residents throughout the New York metro area and Long Island. With more than five decades of experience, our legal team has successfully represented hundreds of people, securing the most advantageous outcome for our clients. We will be staunch advocates on your behalf, using our combined expertise to formulate the best defense possible.
DWI penalties in New York
First-time DWI offenders who are age 21 or older face the following penalties in New York:
- 6 months license suspension
- $500 – $1000 fine
- Minimum $250 annual assessment fine, for a total of $750 in fines over 3 years
- Up to one year in jail
- Possible enrollment (with associated costs) in the NY Drinking Driver Program (DDP)
A second DWI charge is considered a Class E felony in New York. Fines can reach up to $5,000 and offenders will spend a minimum of five days in jail, with a maximum jail term of up to four years.
As of December 2009, Leandra’s Law also makes it a felony and punishable up to 4 years in jail if a child (age 16 or younger) is a passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. More than 3,300 drivers throughout New York State have been arrested under this law since it took effect.
Even if pulled over in a routine traffic stop, drivers may be asked to take a breathalyzer test or perform a coordination exam to demonstrate sobriety. Those who refuse to submit to these tests may face an automatic license revocation and criminal prosecution that may result in conviction and, depending on the case, the permanent loss of your vehicle.
No matter the circumstances, being pulled over for suspected DWI can be a traumatic and stressful experience. At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we understand the embarrassment, anger and frustration that ensue, but remind you that you’re not alone. Unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, you are still innocent in the eyes of the law. Our DWI defense attorneys will ease your anxiety while we strategize a plan of action to get your charges reduced or dismissed entirely in criminal court.
By partnering with EKJ Law, you can rest easy in the knowledge that your case will be expertly handled by a leading attorney in criminal defense.
How a New York DWI lawyer can help you
A DWI conviction in New York can result in jail time in a state prison, restrictions on travel, community service, exorbitant fines, vehicle seizure, an ignition interlock system placed on your car and a permanent criminal record.
The reality is that drunk driving is a hot-button issue and state prosecutors have become more aggressive than ever. That is why you need the advice and legal counsel of DWI lawyers in New York City & Long Island who will fight for your rights. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, we will attempt to fight your charges by questioning the validity and basis of the traffic stop, in addition to the sobriety tests performed and possible inaccuracies with your BAC results.
If a DWI dismissal or reduction in charges is not achievable, we will negotiate with the prosecution in an attempt to reduce the penalties incurred. And our experienced attorneys are prepared to defend your case should a jury trial prove your best option.
Our legal team can help you in getting charges reduced or dropped, and will negotiate favorable agreements in relation to:
- Zero Tolerance Law
- Leandra’s Law
- Common Law/ Refusal Cases
- DMV Hearings
- Vehicle release proceedings
- License suspension hearings
Edelman, Krasin & Jaye – helping New Yorkers since 1952
If you have been charged with a DWI offense in New York, retaining the right attorney can make all the difference in the world. At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, our clients’ success is our success, and we will work diligently to help you keep your license and have your charges either reduced or dismissed.
We know what is at stake for those facing drunk driving charges, and are here to support you during these difficult times. Take the first step to getting your life back to normal and call us today for a no charge consultation with trusted criminal defense lawyers in New York: 800-469-7429.
- DMV, DUI & DWI in New York, http://www.dmv.org/ny-new-york/automotive-law/dui.php
- New York DMV, Penalties for alcohol or drug-related violations, http://dmv.ny.gov/tickets/penalties-alcohol-or-drug-related-violations
- Insurance Journal, Tough New DWI Laws Take Effect in New York, http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2013/11/05/310345.htm