Even a single DUI conviction can have life-altering consequences. While many drivers attempt to beat other traffic tickets on their own, this is one charge that should never be taken lightly. Without the proper representation, you could face a wide variety of penalties that will affect you for years to come. Our legal team is ready to help you take care of your DUI quickly so that you can move on with your life.
DUI/DWI Laws in NYC
Many drivers do not realize that they can be charged with a DUI even if they are slightly below the legal limit. As long as the officer can prove that the driver was impaired by alcohol in any way, then a conviction might occur. For younger drivers and those who have commercial licenses, the laws regarding driving under the influence are even stricter. Drivers who are under the age of 21 cannot have any alcohol in their system while they are operating a vehicle. As for commercial drivers, an arrest can be made if they have a BAC of .04 or higher.
DUI Penalties for the First Offense
Quite a few factors are taken into consideration when determining the final penalties for a driver’s first DUI. The initial fines alone range between $500 and $1,000. Unfortunately, the court fine is just one of the many expenses a driver will most likely face. Most of those who are convicted of a DWI will have to place an ignition interlock device on their vehicle, and they will be responsible for its installation and maintenance. After your license suspension is up, you will also have to pay to have it reinstated.
The true cost of a DWI might not be felt until the individual is able to drive once again. Car insurance is often very difficult to acquire after a DUI conviction. Even drivers who are able to find a company that is willing to insure them will most likely have to pay extremely high premiums. By the end of this ordeal, a convicted driver can end up paying tens of thousands of dollars and even spend time in jail.
Keeping a DUI Off Your Record
The vast majority of drivers do not have the expertise or training to beat a DUI charge alone. Unlike minor driving infractions, these misdemeanors and felonies can result in complicated hearings and trials. These charges are especially problematic if any extenuating circumstances have occurred such as an injury or accident. Our experienced team can help you create an airtight case so that you have the best chance at having your charges reduced or dropped entirely.
Here at Raiser & Kenniff, PC, our team has helped countless drivers deal with infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies of all types. We understand just how stressful these situations can be, and that is why we are devoted to putting time and energy into your case so you can focus on what truly matters. We offer free consultations to all of our clients so that each and every one of them knows exactly what can be done about these cases before spending any money. Please feel free to call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.