There is no doubt that the serious penalties of a DUI can be devastating. The following are the most common punishments for a DUI in New York:
Fines and Financial Penalties
The most common penalties for a DUI conviction are various fines and other financial penalties that include:
- Jail fees
- Tickets that cost up to thousands of dollars
- Storage and towing charges for your impounded cars
- Repair costs for any damages that you may have caused
- Hospitalization and rehabilitation costs for yourself or any person you injured
- Insurance fees
- Bail bonds
Suspension of Your License
Often, if you are convicted of a DUI, your license will be suspended. That means you will be unable to operate any vehicle in New York for several months to even several years, depending on the severity of the DUI. If you are still in school or need to use your vehicle to get to work, it is possible to petition the court to get limited permission to use your vehicle fitted with an interlocking device. This device will prevent your vehicle from starting and running if it detects alcohol content on your breath through the BAC test. However, these permissions are not guaranteed to be granted.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you could even face jail time. This is especially true if you have previous DUI convictions.
Any of these punishments can be combined and issued by the courts. While it may be possible to get a DUI conviction off your record, often a DUI conviction will have later consequences beyond even these. Since a DUI stays on your record in most cases, it can be more difficult to get certain jobs or to pass certain security clearances. In some cases, it may even affect custody agreements or other legal arrangements. Because the consequences of a DUI conviction are so far-reaching, it is very important for you to get the help you need to fight the charges before they affect you permanently.
Get Help Fighting a DUI Conviction from an Experienced Attorney
A lawyer can help you fight a DUI conviction at every step of the court proceedings. They can help you understand realistically what your chances of fighting the charges successfully will be and work to establish reasonable doubt of your guilt. Your lawyer will find out about your background and your case to determine the best way to get the best possible outcome for your case.
You may not be able to avoid all penalties from your DUI arrest, but you should make sure that you have a lawyer who will fight for you to get the best results possible for your unique case. If you have been charged with a DUI in New York, call me, Jason Steinberger, at 718-585-2833 to represent you in your DUI case. My offices are available 24/7, and I will provide you a free consultation to help you understand your options before we get started working together. I served as a Bronx Prosecutor earlier in my career, which makes me more familiar with the possible interpretations of local laws. I will always use this knowledge to fight for you to get the best possible outcome for your case.