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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fourth DUI Soon To Be A Felony

Rules and regulations are never completely static and stationary. Laws change as the world's circumstances change. And recently, the United States government announced an important change to the nation's laws regarding DUIs (driving under the influence) charges. Soon, a person's fourth DUI is going to become a felony.

DUI Statistics In New York

This change in the law is important for many reasons. First and foremost, between 2003 and 2012, there were 3,752 people killed in motor vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These staggering numbers do not even account for the DUI incidents that only involved injuries or did not cause injuries at all.

What These Legal Changes Mean

Every time a person is charged with a DUI, the potential charges are different. The first offense is treated with the most leniency while each subsequent offense is taken more and more seriously. This is meant to protect the public at large from the potential ill effects of a person getting behind the wheel drunk.

The first three DUI charges are considered to be misdemeanor charges which means the penalties generally include minimal jail time (one year to four years), fines, and license suspension. However, once a person exceeds three DUIs, the charges after that are about to become felonies. This means that the penalties are much more severe possibly including a ten year or more state prison term. A felony conviction can also make it difficult to get a job or maintain professional licenses.

As such, if you are charged with a DUI or DWI, you need to seek out legal representation as soon as possible. With the possibility of any DUI beyond three being a felony charge, you cannot leave anything to chance and need to seek legal representation to help you handle the situation and protect yourself from facing serious and severe punishments and lengthy jail times.

Need Help With Your DWI Arrest Charges?

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