DWI & Traffic Violations

Drunk driving and traffic violations can be very damaging, leading to serious fines, suspended licenses, and sometimes even jail time. To avoid unnecessary punishments, you need an experienced traffic violation and DWI / DUI lawyer on your side. Our attorneys can help people charged on Long Island with any traffic crime, including:

  • Drunk driving: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – technically known as Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated (OVI)
  • Driving after license revocation
  • Driving after license suspension
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving, weaving through traffic
  • Hardship Licenses

Being arrested for drunk driving is a serious offense that can have different consequences for each individual depending upon the particulars of the case. It is imperative that anyone facing such a charge understands what challenges they will encounter. Seeking the legal advice of a competent and experienced attorney will help you understand all of your rights and options.

At Jacoby & Jacoby, our attorneys know how to fight charges of DUI / DWI and other traffic violations. We can protect your rights to make sure you are not railroaded into a confession. We can also thoroughly investigate the arrest; if police violated a single procedure, we will know and will be able to get the case thrown out of court.

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New York is a serious crime and is not the area where one should cut corners on representation or try to save a few dollars in the short term. There is no such thing as a cheap DWI lawyer, and those who claim they have a cheaper solution may cost their clients much more in the long run from massive insurance increases, lost jobs, and a whole slew of other problems that will seem to linger on and on forever.

Under New York law, when you have been cited for violating the DWI statute, the state imposes penalties based on your blood alcohol content (BAC). New York uses a 2-tier system to impose DWI charges upon an offender:
Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI): BAC between 0.05% and 0.08%
Driving While Intoxicated: BAC of 0.08% or greater

DWI punishment in New York will depend upon whether the drunk driving arrest is for a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor DWI / DUI case is one than can be punished by up to one year in jail; a felony drunk driving arrest may be punished for more than a year in state prison. A first-offense DWI case is a misdemeanor. However, if there has been a prior DWI or drunk driving conviction within 10 years of the arrest, the new charge is a felony. The 10-year period is calculated from the date of conviction of the prior DWI case, through the date of arrest for the new DWI case.

PENALTIES FOR FIRST TIME DWI OFFENDERS IN NEW YORK
DWI arrests can result in a variety of punishments; the sentence given for a drunk driving conviction will depend upon the particular DWI charge, and whether there are aggravating or mitigating factors.

Jail: A first time DWI offender will face imprisonment of up to 1 year.
Fines: The minimum fine for a first time DWI is $500.00, up to $1000.00, plus any applicable fees.
Driving Privileges: A DWI conviction results in the suspension of driving privileges for a minimum of 6 months.

If you have been arrested for DWI/DUI or another traffic violation, it is important to meet with an attorney immediately. For a free consultation, call any one of our office locations directly or contact us online today.

Medford, NY: 631-289-4600
Miller Place, NY: 631-289-4600
Nassau County, NY: 888-452-2629
Riverhead, NY: 631-289-4600
Shirley, NY: 631-281-2234
Queens, NY: 888-452-2629