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New York State DWI Overview

If you have been charged with a DWI in New York, our goal is to help you. With hundreds of satisfied clients, we take our jobs seriously. Take a moment today and contact us for a FREE case evaluation. In the meantime, feel free to review the following explanation of a DWI in New York.

After you’ve been charged with driving, boating, or snowmobiling under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s important for you to retain legal representation as soon as possible.

The following are the New York State drug and alcohol related charges that can result in criminal and/or administrative penalties against the accused. Please click any link to learn more about specific DWI laws and penalties.

Changes to the Department of Motor Vehicles Regulations (effective September 25,2012)

As of September 25, 2012, the New York DMV revised their licensing regulations in a manner that will drastically affect drivers with multiple alcohol/drugged-driving related convictions or incidents. The changes are as follows:

Offense History
5 or more alcohol/drugged driving related convictions or incidents in lifetime = “Persistently Dangerous Driver”.
DMV Action
Permanent denial (subject to compelling or extenuating circumstances).

Offense History
3 or 4 alcohol/drugged driving related convictions or incidents with one serious driving offense* in last 25 years= “Persistently Dangerous Driver”.
DMV Action
Permanent denial (subject to compelling or extenuating circumstances).

Offense History
If revocation for alcohol-related offense, 3 or 4 alcohol/drugged driving related convictions or incidents without any serious driving offense* in last 25 years.
DMV Action
Deny for five (5) years in addition to statutory revocation period, then relicense with restricted license and interlock for five (5) years.

Offense History
If revocation for non-alcohol-related offense, 3 or 4 alcohol/drugged driving related convictions or incidents without any serious driving offense* in last 25 years.
DMV Action
Deny for two (2) years in addition to statutory revocation period, then relicense with restricted license for two (2) years, but no interlock.

Offense History
Two alcohol/drugged driving related convictions or incidents.
DMV Action
No full relicensing until end of statutory minimum revocation period, even if DDP.

***Serious Driving Offense includes a fatal accident; driving-related penal law conviction; conviction of two or more violations for which five (5) or more points are assessed; or 20 or more points from any violation