Defense Against Felony DUI/DWI Charges
While every drunk driving charge must be taken seriously, a felony-level charge can be an especially big problem. Not only could you lose your driving privileges for a long time, but you could also face significant time behind bars. Without effective legal representation, a conviction could have an unjust effect on your freedom and independence.
Located in Manhattan, the attorney at SMC Law Firm defends clients across New York City against felony DWI charges. She is a former prosecutor who has practiced on both sides of criminal law matters for years. She will personally handle every aspect of your case, from advising you of your options and representing you in court to negotiating a reasonable plea bargain and taking your case to trial, if necessary.
The Difference Between Felony And Misdemeanor DWI
Standard DUI is a misdemeanor in New York state, but there are more serious drunk driving charges that include a potential prison sentence of more than one year – the definition of a felony. One example is a repeat offense of DWI, aggravated DWI (driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 or higher) or driving while alcohol impaired (DWAI, or driving with a BAC below 0.07 but above 0.05). A second or subsequent offense of any of these crimes within a 10-year period is considered a felony in New York, with penalties as follows:
- Aggravated DWI, second offense: up to four years in jail, driver’s license suspension of at least 18 months, fine of $1,000 – 5,000
- Aggravated DWI, third offense: up to seven years in jail, driver’s license suspension of at least 18 months, fine of $2,000 – 10,000
- DWI/DWAI, second offense: up to four years in jail, driver’s license suspension of at least 12 months, fine of $1,000 – 5,000
- DWI/DWAI, third offense: up to seven years in jail, driver’s license suspension of at least 12 months, fine of $2,000 – 10,000
A DWI felony on your record can hold you back from getting a job, an apartment or a bank loan. Fortunately, you could have options for getting the charges reduced to a misdemeanor or dismissed entirely. SMC Law Firm‘s experienced defense attorney used to work as a prosecutor. Her thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and dedication to her clients’ interests mean you will get the best possible outcome.
Call A Dedicated DWI Defense Attorney Today
Your time to prepare a defense against a felony DWI charge is limited. Contact SMC Law Firm today for an initial consultation with the firm’s defense lawyer. Call 212-256-9441 to reach the firm’s office in Manhattan. SMC Law Firm represents clients in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens.