Tough Protection Against Felony Drunk Driving Charges

If you are facing felony DWI/DUI charges, it is important to know that you have rights and options to defend yourself against these allegations. The lawyers at Braunfotel & Frendel LLC are ready to fight for you. We offer a caring, personalized defense to help drivers overcome serious drunk driving and drugged driving allegations.

When Does A DWI/DUI Become A Felony?

A first-time DWI/DUI or drugged driving conviction is likely to only be a misdemeanor. However, depending on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or the number of previous conviction you have, you may face felony charges.

Here are several instances when New York law dictates a drunk or drugged driving charge is a felony:

  • The second, third or any subsequent aggravated drunk driving charges that occur with 10 years of the first conviction are felonies. Aggravated drunk driving charges apply when the driver has a BAC of .18 or higher.
  • After a previous conviction for a drugged driving offense, any subsequent convictions are felony offenses.
  • The second and any subsequent DWI/DUI convictions are typically felonies.
  • It is a felony to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger who is under age 16.

The Potential Penalties Are Severe

The specific penalties vary based on the underlying charge, but all consequences from a felony are significantly harsher than for a DWI/DUI misdemeanor. Fines increase to $1,000 to $10,000, license revocation can last up to 18 months and there can be up to seven years of jail time issued.

Our attorneys understand the serious nature of a felony DWI/DUI. We are committed to advocating for our clients’ interests, providing fierce legal counsel that seeks to obtain a positive outcome to their situation.

Learn more about how we can help during a free consultation. Call 845-634-7701 or email our New City office.

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