Misdemeanor To Felony DWI Charges

In New York State, a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge can greatly affect your livelihood and your social life in addition to prison and financial penalties.

If you are charged with your second or third DWI or aggravated DWI, an experienced felony attorney can help you reduce your financial penalty or sentence.

What are your options to put a criminal case behind you? Find out with a call to 212-257-0522 right now.

The DWI Process

If you have no prior DWI arrests, and you are not accused of a more serious DWI offense, such as aggravated DWI, it is likely that your offense will be considered a misdemeanor. However, if convicted, the charge will appear on your driving record indefinitely.

What to expect:

  • You will likely spend a night in jail, which you've already experienced, if you are reading this.
  • You will be arraigned before a judge, who will read the charges against you, and ask you if you have an attorney. You will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty. If you don't have an attorney yet, you should plead not guilty at this time.
  • The judge can set additional bail, at this point, and your driver's license will be taken away.
  • At the arraignment, a date will be set for another hearing or discussion about the case.
  • After the arraignment, there is time to consult with your attorney, and discuss ways to fight the charges.
  • Don't give up! Schneider Law PLLC, can work with you to reduce the charges or make them go away, depending on the facts of the case.

If you have been convicted of DWI before, you are looking at a possible felony charge. Your process will follow the criminal trial and arraignment process. This is a more complicated and risky process and you will need to have experienced criminal legal representation. You can also schedule a consultation with an experienced and tough criminal defense attorney by sending a confidential email.