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Drunk Driving & DUI Defense


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Refusal to take breath test in violation of 1194.1 b of the vehicle and traffic law of the state of New York. Arrest and field tested. Field testing. Every person operating a motor vehicle which has been involved in an accident or which is operated in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall, at the request of a police officer, submit to a breath test to be administered by the police officer. If such test indicates that such operator has consumed alcohol, the police officer may request such operator to submit to a chemical test in the manner set forth in subdivision 2 of this section.

Driving while under the influence of drugs in violation of 1192.04 of the vehicle and traffic law of the State of New York. Driving while ability impaired by drugs. No person shall operate a motor vehicle while the person’s ability to operate such motor vehicle is impaired by the use of a drug as defined in this chapter.

Driving while intoxicated in violation of section 1192.03 of the vehicle and traffic law of the state of New York. Driving while intoxicated. No person shall operate a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.

Like many states, New York is cracking down on drunk driving. If you are charged with a DWI (sometimes referred to as DUI — driving under the influence — or OWI — operating while impaired / intoxicated), you face losing your driving privileges (suspended driver’s license), high fines, much higher insurance rates (if you are even insurable), community service and possible jail time. Understandably, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands New York’s DWI laws.

The Law Offices of Shawn R. Kassman in Central Islip can provide you with a quality defense against New York drunk driving (DWI) charges anywhere throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County, including Bayshore, Oakdale, Sayville, Riverhead, Port Jefferson, Brentwood and Holtsville.

To speak with an experienced Suffolk County criminal defense attorney about your New York DWI charges or other traffic-related matter, please call (toll-free ).

Experienced Suffolk County Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer

There are several DWI related charges you can be arrested for, depending on why you are impaired, including aggravated DWI, DWI, DWAI, DWAI-Drugs and DWAI-A/D.

The following are the penalties you face for DWI or DWAI-Drugs charges:

First DWI or DWAI-Drugs Offense (or no DWI or DWAI-Drug offenses in prior 10 years):

  • Fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000
  • Possible prison time of up to one year
  • Loss of drivers license for minimum of six months

Second DWI or DWAI-Drugs Offense:

  • Fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000
  • Possible prison time of up to four years (mandatory five days in jail or 30 days of community service)
  • Loss of drivers license for minimum of one year

Third DWI or DWAI-Drugs Offense:

  • Fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $10,000
  • Possible prison time of up to seven years (mandatory 10 days in jail or 60 days of community service)
  • Loss of drivers license for minimum of one year with ignition interlock device
  • Mandatory alcohol evaluation

There are other DWI and alcohol-related charges in addition to the DWI and DWAI-Drug charges mentioned above. DWI defense is complex, and your penalties as well as our ability to negotiate a favorable resolution will depend on the facts of your case. You should retain one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible.

Our DWI defense also includes other DWI related charges, including:

  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving with suspended registration
  • DUI (driving under the influence of drugs)
  • DWAI-Drugs
  • Hit and run
  • License suspension or revocation proceedings
  • Reckless driving
  • Traffic tickets

Also see our DWI Information page at DWI (driving while intoxicated).

Contact Suffolk County DWI Defense Attorney Shawn Kassman

If you have questions related to New York DWI charges or want more information about the criminal law process, please call criminal defense attorney Shawn Kassman or a member of his legal team at (toll-free ), or fill out our online intake form. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and defend clients located in Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location), Bayshore, Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson and Riverhead, and both Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Our Central Islip law offices are conveniently located down the street from the courthouse, and we will aggressively fight for your freedom and the protection of your rights.

We also serve clients in the following areas:

Huntington, Brookhaven, Babylon, Bayshore, blue point, Bohemia, Oakdale, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, mastic, cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Northport, Coram, Deer Park, Hauppage, Islandia, Lake Grove, Manorville, Lindenhurst,, including Smithtown, Huntington, Brookhaven, Babylon, Bayshore, Islip, Amityville, Bayport, Bellport, Blue Point, Bohemia, Brentwood, Center Moriches, Centereach, Centerport, Central Islip, Cold Spring Harbor, Commack, Copiague, Coram, Deer Park, East Northport, East Setauket, Farmingdale, Farmingville, Greenlawn, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Holtsville, Huntington Station, Islandia, Kings Park, Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Manorville, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Medford, Melville, Middle Island, Mt. Sinai, Nesconset, Northport, North Babylon, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson Station, Ridge, Riverhead, Rocky Point, Ronkonkoma, St. James, Sayville, Selden, Setauket, Shirley, Shoreham, Sound Beach, Southold, Stony Brook, Wading River, West Sayville, West Islip, Woodbury, Wyandanch, Yaphank, Syosset, Jericho, Massapequa, Plainview, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Staten Island, Orange County, and Manhattan.