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How Does a DWI Affect You?

Did you know that one-third of the fatalities in New York State are due to impaired or intoxicated drivers and pedestrians? Driving while intoxicated can have a serious impact on your life — and on the lives of others. It greatly prohibits your judgment, coordination, and risk of an auto accident.

It is important to note that there are different types of alcohol and drug-related violations in New York State. Each violation has a different penalty — including loss of driving privileges, fines and possible jail time.

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) – This means that your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher or other evidence of intoxication. For drivers of commercial motor vehicles, BAC needs to be .04 or higher.
  • Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Aggravated DWI) – If you are driving with a BAC of .18 or higher, it counts as an aggravated DWI.
  • Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) – There are three different types of DWAIs. The first is when your BAC is more than .05 but less than .07. The second is when your ability is impaired by a single drug other than alcohol. And the third is a combination of both drugs or alcohol.
  • Chemical Test Refusal – If you refuse to take a breathalyzer or urine test, this is also an alcohol violation.
  • Zero Tolerance Law – Any driver who is driving with a BAC of .02 to .07 and is under the legal drinking age of 21 is violating the Zero Tolerance Law.

The penalties vary depending on the severity of your intoxication, and the number of offenses that you have on record within a set period of time. However, each violation generally includes:

  • A Fine
  • Loss of Driver’s License
  • Possible Jail Time

If you are someone you love was seriously injured or killed by someone who was under the influence, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free consultation. We can help you and your loved ones receive the compensation that you are entitled to and represent you in court. Give us a call at 1-888-GOT-HURT for a FREE consultation!