There have recently been quite a few cases of DWI in Nassau, such as two drivers charged with drunk driving who were involved in an accident while driving separate vehicles, or the Brooklyn man who was charged with drunk driving and reaching speeds of over 130 MPH before crashing and killing his passenger. Drunk driving in Nassau is vigorously prosecuted as part of Leandra’s Law, which increases the penalties for motorists who are convicted of driving drunk with passengers aged 15 or younger. But what are the real consequences you face if convicted of DWI in Nassau?
Loss of Driving Privileges
Every Nassau drunk driving conviction comes with a mandatory license revocation or suspension, which can be anywhere from 90 days to 18 months. A revocation means that the license has been cancelled for a certain amount of time and you must reapply to have the license reinstated, while a suspension means that you cannot legally operate a vehicle for a period of time. In addition to fees and surcharges, you will face loss of income if your job requires you to have a valid driver’s license. You may also lose your license if you refuse to submit to a chemical test administered by a police officer at the time of arrest. These consequences may be avoided or lessened through representation by a Nassau DWI / DUI lawyer.
A DWI conviction in Nassau will cause you to have a criminal record. This may impact your ability to find employment, your credit score, and also your ability to vote. Worst of all, it could lead to jail time. DWI convictions range from misdemeanors to Class D Felonies, and you can be sent to jail from anywhere between 15 days and 7 years. A DWI conviction can be a life altering event, so please contact a Nassau DWI lawyer to explore your options.
A DWI conviction in Nassau can carry particularly heavy fines depending on the severity of the offense and can also be impacted by the amount of DWIs on your record. There are many different penalties for drug and alcohol offenses in Nassau, which you can find at the NY DMV website. For example, if you are convicted of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated three times within 10 years, you can expect to pay fines up to $10,000 for the third offense, which will need to be paid along with court costs, surcharges, and fees to reinstate driving privileges. In addition, you will need to pay the New York Driver Responsibility Assessment fee, which is $750 over the course of three years for all drug and alcohol convictions. Your insurance premiums will also increase exponentially with a DWI conviction, as auto insurance companies take drunk driving charges very seriously. A DWI in Nassau can end up costing you thousands of dollars in both the short and long term, and it is in your best interest to contact a Nassau DWI attorney.
A DWI conviction can have a serious impact on your finances, your record, and your overall quality of life. If you are arrested for DWI, contact a Nassau DWI attorney immediately. The attorney will work to secure your release from jail and will immediately begin working on your defense and providing counsel during your arraignment. Please contact us at 212-227-9008 to fight your DWI charge or any other traffic tickets you may receive.
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