Felony DWI in New York
Westchester Criminal Defense Attorney – 914-241-0004
New York uses
strict penalties for people convicted of a first-time or misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge. The consequences will increase dramatically for subsequent DWI
convictions, or first-time convictions under unique circumstances. If
you are facing charges that could put you behind bars for more than a
year, you need to find a highly experienced and award winning New York
criminal defense attorney you can depend on.
Westchester DWI Defense Attorney Robert Schuster of The Law Offices of
Robert Schuster has
never lost a DWI trial and has an overall 95% trial success rate . To date Attorney
Schuster has never allowed a defendant whose sole top count was a DWI
to go to jail or state prison on a felony or misdemeanor. He has also
been named as a
Top DWI Lawyer in New York by the American Institute of DWI Attorneys. When it comes to knowing DWI
law inside and out, top to bottom, there are simply not many other legal
professionals who can compare to
To get our law firm in your corner, contact us
today and ask for a free telephone consultation.
How DWI Charges Escalate to Felonies in New York
DWI charges in New York essentially have only two ways to escalate to a
felony: time between a prior conviction and a new charge or the presence
of a child. If either is a factor in your DWI arrest, then you could be
facing felony charges.
Time: New York uses a 10-year lookback rule for DWI charges. If there is a DWI
conviction on your driving and criminal record within the last 10 years,
then a new DWI charge will become a felony.
Presence of a child: New York adopted Leandra’s Law in 2009, which makes it an automatic
felony to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
level of 0.08 or greater
and with a child in the car aged 15 or younger.
The first time you are charged with a felony DWI, it will be categorized
as a class “E” felony. Incarceration for class E felonies
in New York can range
from 16 months to 4 years in prison. The second time you are charged with a felony DWI, it will be categorized
as a class “D” felony. Incarceration for class D felonies
in New York can range
from 28 months to 7 years
Award-Winning DWI Defense at Your Service
With the penalties associated with a felony DWI being so stringent in New
York, you truly cannot take your chances with your representation. Set
yourself up for a strong chance of success with our Westchester County
DWI lawyer. Using his tactical skill, experience, and deep insight, Attorney
Robert Schuster can prepare your defense for anything the prosecution
may use against you.
Call 914-241-0004 to get a