New York DWI Lawyer
Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in the Hudson Valley?? Call our New York DWI Lawyers for legal advice.
Being convicted of driving while intoxicated is more than humiliating. It can have devastating effects on your personal and professional life, resulting in heavy fines, license suspension and/or revocation, community service, years of probation and even jail time. Not to mention the fact that you may be ordered to use an ignition interlock device to operate your vehicle again.
Representing You Against Drunk Driving Charges in Hudson Valley
If you have been charged in New York with a DWI, the penalties that you’re facing are significant. If you are convicted of a DWI, you are facing heavy fines and surcharges, a license revocation for a minimum of 6 months, mandatory attendance at several classes and court-ordered installation and maintenance of an Ignition Interlock Device in your car for one year.
Additionally, due to recent changes in New York Law, those who find themselves convicted of their third (or more) alcohol/drug-related driving offense face a loss of their driver’s license for ten years or more, and potentially forever.
Furthermore, DWI charges will start to affect you long before the case is over – The New York Vehicle and Traffic Law requires the Judge to suspend your driver’s license at your first court date (referred to as the “prompt suspension law” or “suspension pending prosecution”, provided that the Court has the proper paperwork on file.
Don’t try to confront a DWI charge without a skilled attorney by your side. As a former Senior Assistant Public Defender for Dutchess County, John Ventosa saw far too many people accused of DWI crimes suffer severe penalties and sentences. Now, as a dedicated New York DWI defense attorney, John develops strategies defend those charged with DWI.
If you are facing a DWI charge in New York, schedule a free consultation with McCabe Martin Coleman & Ventosa PLLC today.
Common Types of DWI Cases We Handle
In New York, a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater is considered to be driving while intoxicated. However, there are many reasons why DWI charges may get thrown out or reduced. Our experienced Hudson Valley DWI lawyers will mount a strong defense for drivers who are facing accusations of:
- Alcohol- or drug-related DWI with BAC greater than 0.08.
- Alcohol- or drug-related DWI with BAC of 0.18 percent or greater (Aggravated DWI)
- Felony DWI charges, including those based on a passenger being 15 or younger (Leandra’s Law)
- Driving or riding with an open container
- Driving with a DWI suspension
- Refusing a Breathalyzer or other chemical test
- Underage DWI
It is important that you speak with our dedicated Hudson Valley DWI attorney as soon as you can. Our legal team will want to begin working on your case right away ─ even before you are charged ─ to fight these accusations at every point in the process.
Schedule a free consultation now to discuss your case.
What Is the Difference Between a DWI and a DUI in New York?
Technically, New York law defines “driving while intoxicated” as driving while under the influence of drugs or with a BAC of 0.08 percent or more. New York does not distinguish between “driving while intoxicated” and “driving under the influence.” Therefore, many people use the terms DWI and DUI interchangeably.