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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Out Of State Driver Facing A DWI

A charge of Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense. In New York, you can be charged with drunk driving if you are caught driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08% or lower if you drive a commercial vehicle or are under the legal drinking age. If you reside in New York but find yourself facing DWI/DUI charges in another state, you might find yourself overwhelmed in a sea of state statutes and intricate variation in potential outcomes.

Drivers License Compact

New York is one of 44 states that comply with an agreement with other states called The Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) . This agreement requires that the Department of Motor Vehicles department in the state of an accident or citation to report those infractions to a driver's home state for consideration. This could result in points or rising insurance premiums, not to mention facing charges or license revocation in both states.

DWI Penalties

Depending on the circumstances and results of the DWI incident, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Some of the factors that can determine the severity of the charges include:
  • Your blood alcohol concentration
  • Previous DWI convictions 
  • Damage caused by the incident 
  • Personal injury/death caused by the incident

If it is your first conviction and you didn't cause any damage to person or property, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor, which involves a suspension of your license for at least 6 months and a minimum fine of between $500-$1,000. You may also face jail-time.
Out-of-State/In-state Drivers

If you live out-of-state and are charged with a DWI in New York, your home state will be notified of the charge and you will face the penalties that your state incurs for driving while intoxicated as well as damages or injuries that occur as a result of your intoxication. You may also become a defendant in a criminal or civil court case.

Even if you find yourself facing charges or an impending court case, you are not without options. Don't plead guilty to charges out of fear or the desire to settle.
Need Help With Your DWI Arrest Charges or facing a DWI charge in New York or out of state?

If your arrest occurred in Westchester County, NY, contact our DWI lawyers at this office:
Acocella Law Group
2900 Westchester Ave #405
Harrison, NY 10577

If your arrest occurred in Queens, NY, contact our DWI lawyers at this office:

Acocella Law Group
31-19 Newtown Ave #901c
Queens, NY 11102

If your arrest occurred in Long Island, NY, contact our DWI lawyers at this office:
Acocella Law Group
20 Crossways Park Dr #210a
Woodbury, NY 11797