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New York Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI)

In New York, being charged with a DWAI can mean several different things. The term is used in New York to refer to several different drug and alcohol related offenses. If you are convicted of a DWAI, the penalties can include fines,15 days in jail and a 90-day suspension of your driver’s license. If you have been charged with a DWAI or DUI offense, it is very important to speak with a New York DWI Lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC can help ensure that your rights are protected, and possibly minimize the penalties you are facing.

There are several different types of evidence that can be used against you in a DWAI charge:

Evidence of Impairment: If there are any witnesses that saw you drinking excessively before driving, for instance, can work against you in a DWAI case.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC): If your Breathalyzer test shows anything higher than .05%, but lower than .08%, you can be charged with a DWAI.

Often people are under the mistaken perception that a DWAI is not quite as serious as a standard DWI charge. This is not the case. In fact, some insurance companies may treat a DWAI charge just the same as a DWI.

An experienced New York DWI Lawyer can also explain to you that a DWAI charge can be from the use of drugs (illegal or prescription), or a combination of both drugs and alcohol. A DWAI is considered a violation, not a misdemeanor or felony. However, with a DWAI, the penalties are harsh for this violation, as opposed to a traffic violation. In addition to fines, if you are convicted of a DWAI you can have your license suspended for 90 days. A DWAI conviction can also stay on your DMV record for 10 years, and it can show up on a criminal record as well. Any type of alcohol related offense on your record can pose problems for future employment in many instances.

If you have been charged with a DWAI charge, it is important to obtain the advice of an experienced New York Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer and fight the charge. Because a DWAI is a low level driving violation, there is nothing to plead it down to and most DA’s will hold you to the charge. This means you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by obtaining the services of a skilled New York DWI Lawyer and fighting the charge. Contact the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for legal guidance. We can answer your questions, and we want to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. We can also provide you with a free consultation with your first appointment. Whether you have been charged with a DWAI, Aggravated DWI or even a Felony DWI, we want to help you obtain the best result possible. We have offices serving New York City, such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. We also serve Westchester County, and on Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Call us today to receive a free consultation at 800.696.9529.