The days when you had to be seriously intoxicated or cause an accident to get arrested on a New York alcohol-related driving charge are long gone.
Every day and night in the five boroughs and statewide, people are arrested for getting behind the wheel after just two or three drinks. Literally, a few beers at a friend's home or a few glasses of wine at a family restaurant may land a respectable citizen in central booking with violent career criminals.
Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn: A Driving-While-Ability-Impaired Law Firm Focused on Results
The charge that enables arrest for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .05 percent is called driving while ability impaired (DWAI). In other situations, a DWAI arrest and charge may be based on an officer's judgment and opinion that you were under the influence of drugs — even drugs you were taking under a legal prescription.
Although first- and second-time DWAI charges within a 10-year period treated as "infractions" rather than misdemeanor or felony counts as DWI charges are, consequences can still be life changing. Penalties if convicted of DWAI in New York can be severe, especially for anyone who drives for a living or commutes to work.
Dedicated, Resourceful Defense of Your Driving Privilege and Your Record
At katzlawyers.com, every client receives focused personal attention, respectful treatment and our best effort. We are dedicated to investigating all relevant circumstances and fighting the charge or negotiating skillfully on your behalf in full view of considerations such as:
- The critical importance of avoiding suspension of your standard or commercial driver's license (CDL) — in some cases, for a full year or longer
- Your determination to protect your own criminal record or that of your son or daughter, often due to educational or job-related considerations
- Violations of your rights or other problems with the case against you, such as the lack of probable cause to stop your vehicle
Discuss Your Case With a Proven NY DWAI Defense Lawyer: 212-747-0606
You can contact an attorney now at Katz Law Offices for determined defense of your rights and future. You can do so with total confidence that we will take your case as seriously as the DWI cases we handle, and we will do all we can to prevent conviction or negotiate a manageable outcome on your behalf.