What You Need to Know About Underage DWIs in New York State

This New Year’s, many people made the mistake of operating their motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. If you are under the age of 21 and you were caught doing so, there is a very good chance that you are now facing very serious penalties. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Rockland County criminal defense attorney to learn more about the consequences of underage DWIs in New York State and how our firm can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the consequences of a DWI while under the age of 21 in New York?

New York State takes all those who’ve been charged with DWIs while under the age of 21 very seriously, and if you are facing underage DWI charges, you are most likely now looking at very serious consequences. Some of the penalties you may face for an underage DWI in New York are as follows:

  • You will most likely lose your license until you turn 21 years old
  • You will have to enroll and participate in the New York Intoxicated Driver Program, at your own cost
  • You may face various fines, as well as yearly surcharges
  • You may have to install the IID at your own cost

Penalties for Refusing to Submit to Chemical Testing

While it may be tempting to simply refuse to take a breathalyzer test after being pulled over, the truth is, this is seldom a good idea, for if you do, you will most likely face the following penalties for refusing to submit to chemical testing:

  • A 1-year license revocation (if not longer)
  • A $100 fee to reinstate your license
  • A potential $300 civil penalty
  • A $250 annual surcharge for 3 years

How can an attorney defend me from a DWI charge?

Fortunately, a knowledgeable Suffern criminal defense attorney can help defend you from a DWI charge. In many cases, our firm can argue that you were improperly administered a Field Sobriety Test, that you were unlawfully stopped, or that the officer conducted an unlawful search of your vehicle. Of course, every case is different, so you must speak with our firm as soon as you can so we can analyze your case and start building the strongest defense possible on your behalf.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County 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.