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Important DWI Laws
DWAI-Alcohol

DWAI stands for Driving While Ability Impaired. A DWAI is different than a DWI. For a DWI, the individual must be driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent. For a DWAI by Alcohol, blood alcohol can be between .05 and .07 percent.

DWAI-Drugs

Drugs stands for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. This is the functional equivalent of an alcohol based DWI but based upon chemicals in both illegal and legal drugs, including medication prescribed by your doctor. Just like the DWAI-Alcohol, if the officer thinks that you are impaired to any degree, you can be charged with this offense.

DWI – Per Se

DWI–Per Se stands for Driving While Intoxicated. If you’re drinking and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% of 1% or higher, you’re likely to be charged. The penalties and charges you receive can depend on many factors, but the Syracuse DWI Attorneys at Nave Law can help you navigate the often-confusing laws and penalties so you can get your life back on track.

DWI – Common Law

DWI: Common Law stands for Driving While Intoxicated, but there is no blood alcohol content. This charge is based on police observations.

Aggravated DWI

In New York State, you can be charged with an aggravated DWI if you’re driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.18% or higher. This is a more serious offense and as a result carries more serious penalties with it including but not limited to a minimum one-year license revocation and fines of $1000 to $2500.

Felony DWI

Felony DWIs can be charged against people who had a DWI conviction within the last 10 years, or who had a child who was younger than 16 years old in the car that he or she was driving while intoxicated. Felonies are punishable with several years of incarceration in state prison.

Leandra's Law

Leandra’s law requires that anyone driving with any DWI with a child in the car who is under the age of 16 years old be charged with a Class E Felony. The law also requires that anyone who is convicted of a DWI be required to install an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle for 12 months.

Snowmobiling While Intoxicated

In New York State, it is against the law to operate any type of motorized vehicle while intoxicated. SWI stands for Snowmobiling While Intoxicated. Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in New York State, but it’s important to remember that it is illegal to operate a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol.

Boating While intoxicated

Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) is criminal offense in New York State. This charge applied to anyone who operates a motorized vessel with a BAC of .08 or higher. Because this is a misdemeanor offense, the penalties include jail for up to a year, vessel registration revocation, and steep-fines.

Zero Tolerance

In New York State, the Zero Tolerance Law refers to the violation that occurs when a person under 21-years of age drives with any measurable blood alcohol content. The individual found guilty of this violation will have his or her license revoked for at least six months.

Vehicular Assault

This offense is charged to people who are the cause of physical injury to another person while driving a motorized vehicle while intoxicated.

Vehicular Manslaughter

When a person is charged with this crime it could be because the police are accusing him or her of negligently causing the death of another person in many cases due to intoxication and driving a motorized vehicle. This offense is punishable by years in prison, extraordinary fines, and life-long penalties on driver’s licensing.

Vehicular Homicide

When a person is charged with this crime it could be because the police are accusing him or her to recklessly causing the death of another person in many cases due to intoxication and driving a motorized vehicle. This offense is punishable by years in prison, extraordinary fines, and life-long penalties on driver’s licensing.

Interlock Device

These devices are breathalyzers that are attached to vehicles. They are used to prevent vehicles from starting until the users provide a breath sample that shows he or she hasn’t been drinking. This system is always used as a penalty for DWI convictions.

Aggravated Unauthorized Operation

This offense can be charged to anyone who is operating a vehicle while his or her licenses has been suspended or revoked due to any alcohol related conviction or DMV determination. If accused of a DWI at the same time as an AUO, the defendant will be charged with a felony.

DWAI-Alcohol
DWAI-Alcohol

DWAI stands for Driving While Ability Impaired. A DWAI is different than a DWI. For a DWI, the individual must be driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent. For a DWAI by Alcohol, blood alcohol can be between .05 and .07 percent.

DWAI-Drugs
DWAI-Drugs

Drugs stands for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. This is the functional equivalent of an alcohol based DWI but based upon chemicals in both illegal and legal drugs, including medication prescribed by your doctor. Just like the DWAI-Alcohol, if the officer thinks that you are impaired to any degree, you can be charged with this offense.

DWI – Per Se
DWI – Per Se

DWI–Per Se stands for Driving While Intoxicated. If you’re drinking and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% of 1% or higher, you’re likely to be charged. The penalties and charges you receive can depend on many factors, but the Syracuse DWI Attorneys at Nave Law can help you navigate the often-confusing laws and penalties so you can get your life back on track.

DWI – Common Law
DWI – Common Law

DWI: Common Law stands for Driving While Intoxicated, but there is no blood alcohol content. This charge is based on police observations.

Aggravated DWI
Aggravated DWI

In New York State, you can be charged with an aggravated DWI if you’re driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.18% or higher. This is a more serious offense and as a result carries more serious penalties with it including but not limited to a minimum one-year license revocation and fines of $1000 to $2500.

Felony DWI
Felony DWI

Felony DWIs can be charged against people who had a DWI conviction within the last 10 years, or who had a child who was younger than 16 years old in the car that he or she was driving while intoxicated. Felonies are punishable with several years of incarceration in state prison.

Leandra's Law
Leandra's Law

Leandra’s law requires that anyone driving with any DWI with a child in the car who is under the age of 16 years old be charged with a Class E Felony. The law also requires that anyone who is convicted of a DWI be required to install an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle for 12 months.

Snowmobiling While Intoxicated
Snowmobiling While Intoxicated

In New York State, it is against the law to operate any type of motorized vehicle while intoxicated. SWI stands for Snowmobiling While Intoxicated. Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in New York State, but it’s important to remember that it is illegal to operate a snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol.

Boating While intoxicated
Boating While intoxicated

Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) is criminal offense in New York State. This charge applied to anyone who operates a motorized vessel with a BAC of .08 or higher. Because this is a misdemeanor offense, the penalties include jail for up to a year, vessel registration revocation, and steep-fines.

Zero Tolerance
Zero Tolerance

In New York State, the Zero Tolerance Law refers to the violation that occurs when a person under 21-years of age drives with any measurable blood alcohol content. The individual found guilty of this violation will have his or her license revoked for at least six months.

Vehicular Assault
Vehicular Assault

This offense is charged to people who are the cause of physical injury to another person while driving a motorized vehicle while intoxicated.

Vehicular Manslaughter
Vehicular Manslaughter

When a person is charged with this crime it could be because the police are accusing him or her of negligently causing the death of another person in many cases due to intoxication and driving a motorized vehicle. This offense is punishable by years in prison, extraordinary fines, and life-long penalties on driver’s licensing.

Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular Homicide

When a person is charged with this crime it could be because the police are accusing him or her to recklessly causing the death of another person in many cases due to intoxication and driving a motorized vehicle. This offense is punishable by years in prison, extraordinary fines, and life-long penalties on driver’s licensing.

Interlock Device
Interlock Device

These devices are breathalyzers that are attached to vehicles. They are used to prevent vehicles from starting until the users provide a breath sample that shows he or she hasn’t been drinking. This system is always used as a penalty for DWI convictions.

Aggravated Unauthorized Operation
Aggravated Unauthorized Operation

This offense can be charged to anyone who is operating a vehicle while his or her licenses has been suspended or revoked due to any alcohol related conviction or DMV determination. If accused of a DWI at the same time as an AUO, the defendant will be charged with a felony.

Chemical Test Refusals

Drivers who are stopped and accused of driving while intoxicated by the officer have a statutory right to refuse to provide a chemical-breath sample at the police station. The DMV can revoke your license if it finds that you refused. Remember that a refusal isn’t always a refusal! Only experienced DWI trial attorneys who know how to proceed with DMV hearings can save your license.

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Decisions anyone makes today will have effects in their future. Our attorneys work tirelessly to accomplish our client’s goals. A DWI conviction will have many effects on your life. You need to make sure that you do not make the mistake of hiring representation who haven’t personally won DWI trials. Call us today at (315) 285-6283 to discover the option that you may have to protect your future.