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Albany DWI Defense Lawyers

DWI/DWAI/DWAI Drugs Charges

DWI charges can change a person’s life overnight. You need a team of legal support that you can trust to put your best interests first. From the initial steps of the process to any additional questions that you may have down the road, O’Brien & Eggleston PLLC is there for you whenever you need us.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), or Driving While Ability Impaired with Drugs (DWAI Drugs), you likely have many questions about your case. These could include wondering how the case will proceed, what you can expect at your court appearances, and what might happen.

It is imperative to have an attorney who is experienced in this complex field. Our team understands the issues and procedures, and we can advise you about all the potential consequences, including consequences imposed by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). We have the skill, knowledge, and experience to properly negotiate a resolution and/or effectively advocate your matter at trial.

Call our Albany DWI defense attorneys today for a free consultation.
Dial (518) 240-9992 or contact our firm online.

Penalties for Drunk Driving in Albany

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in New York and can carry severe penalties. Penalties will scale depending on factors such as a driver's history of past drunk driving offenses, their blood alcohol content at the time of the offense, and whether or not a chemical test was refused.

First Offense DWI Penalties

  • Misdemeanor criminal charges
  • $500 to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Minimum 6-month driver's license revocation (or 1-year if Aggravated DWI)

Second Offense DWI Penalties (Within 10 Years)

  • Class E felony criminal charges
  • $1,000 to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to 4 years in jail, with a minimum of 5 days in jail or 30 days community service
  • Minimum 1-year driver's license revocation (or 18 months if Aggravated DWI)
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

Third Offense DWI Penalties (Within 10 Years)

  • Class D felony criminal charges
  • $2,000 to $10,000 in fines
  • Up to 7 years in jail, with a minimum of 10 days in jail or 60 days community service
  • Minimum 1-year driver's license revocation with a chance of permanent revocation
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

Drivers who are caught with a blood alcohol content of 0.18% or higher may face Aggravated DWI charges. Aggravated DWI in New York is punished similarly to non-aggravated DWI but with lengthier driver's license revocation periods.

New York Driving While Intoxicated Legal Counsel

Having handled thousands of DWI-related cases, we understand the complexities that each alcohol- or drug-related case entails. It is important for an attorney to recognize the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case and to expose those issues in order to get you a better plea offer or more effectively fight your case through hearings and trial when necessary.

Kevin O’Brien has been involved in these types of cases for the majority of his career. He has litigated DWI cases through hearings and trial as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. DWI laws are always changing, becoming more punitive in both criminal law aspects and in regards to your license. Having handled hundreds of hearings at the DMV, local courts, and felony courts, Kevin can expose weaknesses in cases against his clients. Few attorneys in New York State have successfully handled as many DWI and related cases as Kevin.

We understand that driving can often be essential to your job, your family, and your ability to function in day-to-day life. We know the law in this field and, as your advocate, will do everything in our power to make sure all your rights are protected.

Begin planning your defense during a free consultation with O’Brien & Eggleston PLLC. Call (518) 240-9992 now.

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Read Our Recent Criminal Defense Victories

  • Driving While Impaired Not Guilty
  • Driving While Intoxicated Case Dismissed
  • Grand Larceny Third Degree Not Guilty
  • Illegal Possession of a Firearm Not Guilty
  • Illegal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree Case Dismissed
  • Lifetime Revocation of Driver’s License Re-Licensed

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A Firm Unlike Others
  • Over 20 Years of
    Combined Experience

    Our decades of experience not only make us extremely knowledgeable and skilled, but it has allowed us to build important relationships within the legal system, ultimately benefiting our clients. 

  • Focused on Personal Attention

    At O’Brien & Eggleston PLLC, the client ALWAYS comes first. We take pride in giving each client the genuine and undivided attention their case deserves. We work hard to develop strategies that help accomplish their unique goals.

  • Winning Mentality

    There are many firms that seek the path of least resistance. Not us! We are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Helping You Get Out of a Tough Situation

 O'Brien & Eggleston has a proven track record of helping the underdog achieve positive outcomes in and out of trial.