Nassau County Felony DWI Lawyer
Have You Been Charged with a Felony DWI in Nassau County?
Although a DWI charge is generally a misdemeanor in New York, it can also be charged as a felony under certain circumstances. A felony DWI conviction can have lasting effects on your life, such as the loss of your driver's license and the possibility of prison time. If you are convicted of DWI, you will also be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car, which can make it difficult to get to work or take your children to school.
When facing felony DWI charges, you need the help of an experienced Nassau County felony DWI lawyer at Lerner & Lerner, P.C. to fight your charges and protect your rights. At our firm, we understand that you may be facing serious consequences if you are convicted of felony DWI. We will work to protect your future and fight for your best interests.
To schedule a free case evaluation with a felony DWI lawyer in Nassau County, call (516) 586-0383.
What Is Felony DWI in New York?
In New York, DWI stands for Driving While Intoxicated, while DWAI stands for Driving While Ability Impaired. You can be charged with a DWI by having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08 percent (or .04 percent for commercial drivers). If the driver has a BAC of more than .05 percent but less than .07 percent, or is impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol, then they can face DWAI charges.
Both offenses involve operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but there are differences in the severity of the charges and the corresponding penalties.
Here are examples of felony DWI and DWAI offenses in New York:
- Aggravated DWI: This is a misdemeanor for the first offense, but it can be charged as a felony for subsequent offenses within 10 years. If an individual is convicted of DWI three or more times within 10 years, it is considered a Class D felony.
- DWAI-Drug: Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs is a violation in New York. However, if an individual has a previous DWAI-Drug conviction within the past 10 years, subsequent offenses can be charged as felonies.
- Aggravated DWAI: If a person is found to be impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol or a combination of drugs other than alcohol, it can be charged as a misdemeanor. However, if there are two or more previous DWI or DWAI-Drug convictions within the past 10 years, subsequent offenses can be charged as felonies.
- DWI with a Child Passenger: If a person is arrested for DWI while a child under the age of 16 is in the vehicle, it can be charged as a felony under Leandra's Law.
Proven Felony DWI Defense in Nassau County
If you are charged with felony DWI in Nassau County, you need the help of a qualified felony DWI lawyer. Lerner & Lerner, P.C. is a proven Nassau County felony DWI defense firm with a successful track record of defending clients against felony DWI charges. Our firm has the experience, skills, and dedication to help you fight your charges and protect your rights. We will work hard to get your charges reduced or dismissed and help you avoid the harsh penalties associated with a felony DWI conviction.
We understand that DWI charges are serious and can have lasting effects on your life. We will work to get your charges reduced or dismissed and help you avoid the harsh penalties associated with a felony DWI conviction.
Call (516) 586-0383 to discuss your case with a felony DWI lawyer in Nassau County today.
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