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Driver Caught With DWI

Have you been arrest for a DWI in New York? It is important that you seek an aggressive DUI lawyer to defend you in your case. A DWI conviction in New York can result in severe penalties that can last for years after your arrest.

At Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP we go above any beyond to ensure our clients have the best defense possible. We care deeply about each and every one of our clients. Your success is our success and that is what our DUI defense attorneys strive for. Our DWI Lawyers have offices conveniently located throughout Westchester County including White Plains, Peekskill and Mount Kisco.

DWI Penalties in NY

The state of New York is known for harsh DWI penalties. The severity of your DWI or DWAI penalties will vary based on the details and circumstance of your arrest. Having a proven Westchester County DWI defense lawyer on your side will dramatically reduce the probability that you will face serious legal consequences:

  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Loss of your driver's license

The Westchester County DWI attorneys at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP can provide you with a personalized legal defense to vigorously defend and protect your rights. We will help you understand the drunk driving license implications throughout the pendency of your case and what effect a DWI conviction will have on your driver's license.

Are you facing DWI charges in Westchester? Schedule a FREE consultation with our defense attorneys to see how we can help you today!

Understanding the DWI/DWAI Laws in Westchester, New York

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - Under New York State DWI Laws, a person who is operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above can be arrested and charged with the misdemeanor crime of driving while intoxicated, which is commonly known as "DWI." If you were convicted of a DWI in the last ten years prior to your new DWI charge, you may even be charged with a felony.
  • Misdemeanor vs. Felony DWI - All DWI charges carry severe consequences, including license suspensions and/or revocation. If you are charged with a misdemeanor DWI, you will be facing up to one year in county jail or three years' probation, fines and an ignition interlock device. If charged with a felony, you could be facing state prison time or five years' probation, fines and an ignition interlock device.
  • Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) by Alcohol - Driving while ability impaired by alcohol is commonly referred to as "DWAI." This drunk driving charge is not a criminal charge and applies to individuals who are operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration that is between .05% and .07%. Although the charge is not criminal, DWAI penalties can include a $300 - $500 fine, up to 15 days in jail, or both.
  • Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) by Drugs - DWAI charges can also apply to any person who is operating a motor vehicle while their ability to operate the motor vehicle has been impaired by drugs. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest, this charge can either be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony offense in New York.
  • Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated - The aggravated driving while intoxicated laws in New York State prohibit a person from driving a motor vehicle with a BAC of .18% or more. The main difference between the DWI under .18% and this charge is that a person faces much longer license revocation and even higher hefty fines.
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs & Alcohol - In New York State, drivers are strictly prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and any drug or controlled substance. The Westchester County District Attorney's Office takes these charges seriously and it's important that you have an experienced Westchester DWI defense attorney to protect your rights.

DUI charges can be overwhelming. Our Westchester County DUI defense lawyers can help you navigate your options. Schedule a FREE case review today to see how!

The Child Passenger Protection Act & Leandra's Law

The Child Passenger Protection Act or "Leandra's Law" provides stiff prison penalties for someone convicted of a DWI when a child under age 16 is in a car at the time of the offense. If a child passenger was injured or killed because the driver was intoxicated or impaired by drugs, the driver may face 15-25 years in prison.

Leandra's Law made New York's consequences for drunk driving among the strictest in the nation. Hundreds of Westchester County residents have been arrested under the law, and it is vitally important that you contact our experienced Westchester County DWI defense lawyers to ensure that you are protected against these consequences. Under Leandra's Law, all drivers with any DWI conviction are required to use ignition interlock devices for at least six months. The devices are mandatory even for first-time offenders, and also even if no child was a passenger in the car.

Ignition Interlock Devices

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer instrument installed in a vehicle. In order to start the car, the driver must breathe into the device and provide a breath sample. The car will not start if alcohol is detected. According to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), installation of an interlock device costs between $75 and $100, and there also is a monthly fee that ranges from $70 to $100.

For more information about how a DWI charge affects your license, please visit the Driver's License Implication section of this website for information about driver's license suspension and revocation. In Westchester County, NY, the installation and monitoring of this device is done by the Westchester County Department of Probation.

What to look for in a DWI Lawyer?

When you first speak to the lawyer do they take the time to discuss your case? You can tell a lot about a DWI lawyer as a professional and a person if they just take time to discuss your case even before you hire the lawyer.

Is the Lawyer Passionate About Your Case?

You want a lawyer who will do everything in their power to aggressively defend your DWI charge. If you think that the lawyer considers you just a number is just "going through the motions to close your case". You should pause and rethink your legal defense.

Hire a Law Firm or a Solo Practitioner?

A solo practitioner can easily run into problems if the solo lawyer is sick, has an emergency, goes on vacation or is consumed with a trial or other legal matters. By contrast, at a law firm there are multiple lawyers available to answer your questions, analyze your case from different legal perspectives and law firms have greater resources to assist in the defense of your case.

What do DWI lawyers charge?

The fee to defend a DWI charge depends on the complexity of the case and most lawyers charge a flat rate for their services. Understand that the cheapest lawyer is not always the best lawyer. Above all the fee should be reasonable.

Determining legal fees can be complex but your agreement with your lawyer regarding the fee should not. The lawyer should clearly explain the fees and you should always walk away with a written agreement.

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The highly skilled and experienced DWI defense lawyers at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP have successfully handled countless DWI/DWAI cases throughout Westchester County and surrounding counties. Our Westchester County DWI attorneys are former prosecutors who are now dedicated to your defense.

Our Westchester County DWI lawyers make the following commitments to their clients; we will promptly return your telephone calls, meet with you to discuss aspects of your case, work tirelessly to protect your rights, and give your case the attention it requires to be successful. With you future on the line, you should trust the hardworking attorneys at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP.

In addition to Westchester County, we represent our clients in the following areas - Bedford, Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh, Harrison, Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Mount Kisco, Larchmont, Tarrytown, Ardsley, New Rochelle, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Elmsford, Peekskill and White Plains.

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