Consequences of a St. Patty’s Day DUI in New York

Each St. Patrick’s Day many of us will gather at local restaurants to enjoy each one another presence in a festive atmosphere. As we all know, many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by having a few drinks. This time of year has more than its fair share of arrests for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you face DUI charges, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County DUI attorney to learn what you should know about the consequences of a St. Patrick’s Day DUI in New York.

What happens when you get a DUI on St. Patrick’s Day in New York?

In the state of New York, it does not matter what day of the year it is, you will face increasingly harsh penalties for each time, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for a DUI or related offenses. That said, the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are as follows:

First offense DUI:

  • A revoked license for at least 6 months
  • Possible fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
  • Possible jail time up to 1 year
  • Potential enrollment in the New York Impaired Driver Program (IDP) and applicable costs

Second Offense DUI (within 10 years):

  • A revoked license for at least 1 year
  • A $1,000 to $5,000 fine
  • Potential jail time up to 4 years
  • Possible enrollment in the New York Impaired Driver Program (IDP) and associated costs

Third or subsequent offense DUI (within 10 years):

  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000
  • Up to 7 years in jail
  • Revoked license for at least 1 year (possibly permanent revocation)
  • Additional state surcharges

Whichever offense you face, you should reach out to a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can a New York criminal defense attorney help you with a DUI charge?

As discussed in previous blogs, a qualified legal representative will help lobby one of many plausible arguments in your defense. He or she can argue that the stop was illegal, you have underlying medical or health issues masquerading as inebriation, the testing was unreliable and that more evidence is needed to determine the true course of events. You have rights, so let us defend them. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.