First DUI in New York- Serious Penalties, Permanent Crime Record

Driving under the influence, drinking while intoxicated, or impaired driving are all expressions referring to the act of operating the vehicle while influenced by alcohol or drugs. Convictions, in some states don’t necessarily include an actual driving of the car; it is sometimes enough for a person to have the keys in the ignition while intoxicated to get a DUI ticket.  The BAC limit (blood alcohol concentration) shouldn’t reach or exceed 0.8% in all 50 states; if a person was submitted to a field sobriety test and a chemical test and was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.8 he will be convicted of a DUI.

Definition of DUI in New York

The person convicted with a DUI in the state of New York is guaranteed to face a severe sentence. When an officer suspects a person has been driving while intoxicated he will ask for a chemical test of his blood, saliva, urine or breath to measure the blood alcohol concentration level. The officer is free to select the test that should be taken, but the person, after he agrees to take the test submitted by the officer, keeps the right of having supplementary exams taken by a physician of his choice.

In case he refuses to submit to the chemical test, he will be punished by a fine ($500- $750) and a direct license suspension that varies from a year to 18 months.

Penalties of first DUI in New York

Driving while intoxicated is a serious violation in the state of New York. We could speak of substantial penalties when convicted of a first DUI:

  • You will owe the state a fine of a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $1,000.
  • After your first conviction, the state might suspend your driver’s license for at least six months.
  • The law orders that you participate in a Drinking Driving Program.
  • You might face a jail sentence of up to a year depending on the circumstances
  • You have to pay mandatory surcharge.
  • The conviction will be listed on your criminal record as a misdemeanor due to that you might expect a serious intensification in your insurance payments.

Source:

  1. http://www.lawfirms.com/resources/dui-and-dwi/dui-new-york.htm

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