Queens Misdemeanor DWI Attorney

Defending the Accused for 20 Years – Call (888) 715-1735

In the state of New York, most first-time offenses for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or subsequent DWI arrests occurring more than 10 years after a defendant’s last conviction are charged as misdemeanors. While a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, any type of DWI charge can expose a person to the possibility of harsh criminal penalties upon conviction. If you have been charged with misdemeanor DWI or DWAI, it is urgent you get in touch with a powerful Queens DWI lawyer from the Law Office of Kevin P. O’Donnell as soon as possible to protect your future and freedom.

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Penalties for a Misdemeanor DWI in New York

A misdemeanor DWI conviction in New York can carry the following consequences:

  • $500 to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Minimum six-month driver’s license revocation
  • Increased auto insurance premiums
  • Court surcharges

In the event that a person should register a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.18 or higher, they may be charged with a more serious aggravated DWI. While still a misdemeanor, a conviction of aggravated DWI can carry a longer one-year driver’s license revocation and fines up to $2,500. In certain circumstances, however, accused individuals may petition for a restricted or “hardship” license that allows them to travel to and from work, school, and medical appointments. If you are facing DWI charges, our firm’s criminal defense attorney can fight to protect your driving privileges and negotiate for a reduction or dismissal of your charges on your behalf.

When is a DWI a Felony?

A DWI may be escalated to felony status if a person is charged with a subsequent DWI offense within 10 years of their past conviction, if a minor under 15 is present in the car at the time of the arrest, if a driver’s intoxication causes serious injury or death to another person, or if they register an extremely high BAC at the time of their arrest. Depending on the circumstances, a felony DWI conviction can carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, 60 days of community services, a lengthy license suspension, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.

Your Future is in Jeopardy – Call Today

At the Law Office of Kevin P. O’Donnell, we understand that good people can sometimes find themselves in difficult situations. Unlike some other firms, our Queens criminal defense lawyer truly believes you are innocent until proven guilty and is willing to go the distance to protect your reputation and freedom. By challenging the evidence surrounding your arrest, we can help level the playing field against the prosecution’s claims and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case.

Your future is far too important to be left to chance. Contact our office today to take the first step towards retaining the powerful defense you need.

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Law Office of Kevin P. O’Donnell
Queens Criminal Defense Attorney

125-10 Queens Boulevard, Suite 15
Queens, NY 11415. (888) 715-1735| Local Phone: (718) 285-9355.