When is a DWI a felony or misdemeanor in NY?

In most cases, if it is your first time being charged with a DWI, it is a misdemeanor. However, if you are arrested of another DWI within ten years of your first conviction, this charge will be a felony. There are other circumstances that can result in your first charge being a felony such as having children 15 years of age or younger in the car.


How does a DWI affect employment in NY?

Many employers conduct a background check as part of their hiring process. In New York State, employers can refuse employment to someone who has a DWI conviction on their record. However, they can only refuse employment if they can prove that the conviction would be relevant to the specific job they are applying for. An example of an employer who would likely deny someone with a DWI charge is a delivery service where driving is a large part of the job.


How does a DWI affect your car insurance?

Insurance providers will have different consequences, so it depends on who your provider is. One factor is age, if you are younger, it will have a larger effect on your insurance. Time is another factor typically insurance companies focus on the past 3-5 years of your driving record to determine your rate. The number of DWI’s you have had in the past will play a large contributing factor as well. If you have multiple DWI’s then your insurance rate will be exceptionally higher. In some cases, your insurance company may cancel your insurance plan.


What is a DWI in NY?

Law enforcement in New York will charge you with a DWI if your BAC is 0.08% or if the officer believes you were operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition.


DWI in NY – what to do?

First you must figure out if it is a misdemeanor or felony because that will determine the amount you’ll owe, time you cannot drive, etc. Know the details of your situation and you must always get a lawyer. Even if you feel as though you don’t deserve the charge that you have received, it is often worth getting a lawyer and contesting some of the penalties that are attached to it. A lawyer will be educated in the process and will be there to help you every step of the way.


DWI or DWAI – which is worse?

Both of these refer to the illegal act of driving a vehicle while intoxicated. A DWI refers to driving while intoxicated while DWAI stands for driving while your ability to do so was impaired. The difference is that a DWAI denotes a lesser degree of impairment than a DWI. The level of impairment is determined by the drivers BAC at the time of arrest. In New York, there is no such thing as a DUI.


Will a DWI show on a criminal background check?

Sometimes a DWAI will not show, but a DWI will.


Can you travel abroad with a DWI?

There are many countries who are very strict about DWI charges and entry. If you are planning to travel abroad, it is recommended to search the specific country you are traveling to and see if there could be any restrictions.


How does a DWI affect your life?

It depends on the severity of the situation. But whether it be with your insurance company, scholarship, employment, or even personal life there is often an affect. This is why we always recommend getting a lawyer.


Charged with a DWI? Contact the DWI GUYS today. We understand that people make mistakes, and firmly believe that second chances do exist. Contact us today with any additional questions or concerns.

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