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If you are arrested for your first DWI offense in New York, you will most likely be facing misdemeanor charges. Under certain circumstances, a DWI offense can be charged as a felony crime. It is imperative to fight against all DWI charges, even the first to be sure that your record remains clean. While a first DWI may seem minor, if you later get arrested for a DWI again, the consequences are significantly harsher.
A third DUI will become a felony in New York. Aggravated DWI, DWAID, or DWAI-Combination within ten years is a D felony in New York. If your DUI leads to someone's death or severe injury, it automatically becomes a felony DUI.
If your DWI offenses involves a prior offense or is considered vehicular assault, you may be facing Class E felony charges.
Other penalties involved in these offenses could be community service, ignition interlock device installation, alcohol abuse assessment and more. Felony DWI charges are serious and you need to seek aggressive legal representation right away. Contact The Law Offices of Michael Mullen to have experience on your side in your case. We have a former assistant district attorney and retired former New York Police Department captain to investigate your case and build the best possible defense.