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Felony DWI in New York

Counsel from a Trusted Rockland County DWI Lawyer

In New York, a driver's very first DWI conviction is considered a misdemeanor (provided there are no aggravating factors). However, in recent years, New York lawmakers have made DWI laws tougher on convicted drivers—both those who may have multiple convictions and those whose circumstances meet new requirements. Faced with the possibility of a felony conviction, these accused drivers must retain proven counsel in order to secure the best possible outcome.

At the Law Office of Brian Berkowitz, I always endeavor to stay engaged with this dynamic and ever-changing branch of the law. I have seen DWI laws become harsher and harsher over the years and continually seek out and employ the latest defensive strategies to protect my clients' rights and future. Accused drivers that come to my firm can count on informed, vigilant representation that will do everything possible to navigate their case to a favorable resolution.

Start protecting your future and reputation today. Contact my firm to speak with a dedicated Rockland County DWI attorney now.

When is DWI a felony?

The state of New York realizes that a single, isolated DWI charge can result from a simple lapse in judgment. However, DWI statutes now recognize that even sometimes in these cases, and cases where a driver has repeat convictions, a felony charge may be appropriate.

In New York, a felony DWI is possible when:

  • A driver is charged with their second DWI in ten years (class E felony)
  • A driver is charged with their third DWI in ten years (class D felony)
  • A driver is charged with their fourth DWI in fifteen years (class D felony)
  • An accident occurs and others are harmed
  • There is a minor in the vehicle (Leandra's law)

If you are facing one of these charges and want to secure your very best chance at getting an acquittal or reduction, then call my firm today. Felony charges can result in substantial fines and prison time, but with capable and experienced counsel on your side, maximum penalties can be avoided.

Start exploring your options today. Contact my firm to schedule a free case evaluation.

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