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Multiple-offense DWI drivers face harsher penalties

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2017 | DWI

Did you know that special regulations pertain to those accused of multiple drunk driving offenses in New York? If you have several DWI convictions during a short period of time, you could be subject to additional penalties, license revocation, or permanent prohibition from being able to drive. These added fines and barriers to license reinstatement can be particularly challenging for our clients, which is why we recommend reviewing your case with one of our qualified attorneys before simply pleading guilty to drunk driving charges.

So, what exactly constitutes a “multiple-offense” defendant? In New York, that term is characterized by four or more DWI convictions within a 25-year period. If you fall into this category, you could have your license suspended for an additional two years on top of the existing required revocation period. Those drivers who have a “serious” offense – a fatal accident, for instance – may face even harsher penalties. Applicants who are considered multiple offenders with a serious violation on their record could have their driver’s license permanently revoked!

Without the help of a qualified attorney, drivers with multiple convictions often find themselves suffering because of these excessive license revocation regulations. Life without a license can be difficult for a variety of reasons – you are unable to transport yourself to work, school, or even the grocery store, and you are also unable to drive your kids if they need transportation. Too many defendants simply accept a guilty plea without negotiating or attempting to overcome their drunk driving charges.

Fighting drunk driving charges can pay off. Instead of being considered a multiple-offense driver, you could fall into a less-restricted category, getting your license back faster and suffering fewer long-term consequences. Instead of only accepting these penalties, why not consider seeking the help of a knowledgeable attorney? Allegations of driving while intoxicated do not have to derail your life.