Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a misdemeanor criminal charge in New York. A conviction of this charge can lead to severe legal consequences, including paying hefty fines and jail time. If you have been convicted of multiple DWIs or DWAIs (Driving While Ability Impaired), what are your options? And what are the possible penalties you…

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Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious charge that can result in severe penalties upon conviction.  New York drivers face the nation’s toughest DWI laws that carry steep fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, or even jail time, among other penalties. Drivers convicted of certain alcohol-related offenses may also be subject to felony charges. Below…

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What is Leandra’s Law? Leandra’s law made a first-time offense of driving while intoxicated with a person under the age of 16 in the car an automatic felony. This law also set the current BAC to its current number of .08.  This law was signed into effect by Gov. David Patterson in 2009. What is…

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Currently, recreational use of marijuana is not legal in the state of New York. However, policies are changing quickly and many expect legalization to come soon.   Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in New York What are penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana?  The penalties vary depending on the type and number…

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Probation is a period of time imposed by the court following a conviction for a crime – whether by plea or after trial – where an individual avoids jail or is released from confinement or jail subject to a period of good behavior. During the probationary period, the defendant is under the supervision of the…

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An appellate court in the Ninth Circuit recently issued a ruling that could have repercussions in New York and around the country. The issue had to do with guns, and the ability of their sales to be regulated by local ordinances. Drawing a Line Against Gun Sales In one California county, a trio of men…

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There are a wide variety of so-called drunk driving and driving under the influence charges that an inebriated driver may face in New York. From Snowmobiling While Ability Impaired (operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol) to a “per se” DWI (where the driver’s blood alcohol content level is 0.08 percent or more), the…

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While many DWIs occur when an individual is intoxicated because of alcohol, New York DWI law also prevents drivers under the influence of certain drugs from operating a vehicle. The list of drugs that New York prevents drivers from using while operating a vehicle is extensive and includes opiates, depressants, stimulants and, hallucinogens. Even if…

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As we’re neighbors with Canada, we get asked if you are still able to enter Canada with a DWI charge from New York. The first, and most important, thing to know is that the Canadian government takes DWI charges very seriously in their country. If you have ever been arrested or convicted for driving under…

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Photo Credit: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) There are many conditions that affect a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC), a measure of the amount of alcohol that is present in ones blood stream. A person’s BAC can be determined from 30 to 70 minutes after consuming alcohol, and it’s based on many…

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