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NY Zero Tolerance Law

We are your staunchest legal ally when you are facing serious DWI charges in New York

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) can lead to significant personal and professional consequences. If handled improperly, DWI cases can cost time and money that you can’t afford to lose. The most important thing to do following a DWI arrest is to seek help from an experienced attorney. Attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts of the DeRoberts Law Firm has more than 20 years of experience helping clients overcome the many challenges associated with drunk driving offenses. Our team is dedicated to giving you the resources and support you need to achieve a favorable outcome.

Comprehensive knowledge and experience with New York’s zero tolerance law sets us apart from other firms

DWI cases can be complex and lengthy and it is vital that you understand how New York’s laws may affect your case. In New York, drivers under the age of 21 are subject to what is known as the “Zero Tolerance Law.” In effect since November 1, 1996, this law is designed to prevent and deter young drivers from driving while intoxicated with enhanced penalties. Your specific charges are determined by your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of your traffic stop. Your BAC is determined by a breathalyzer test and refusing to submit to a chemical test may result in an automatic license suspension for one year. The zero tolerance law stipulates that if your BAC is:

– 02% or more but not more than .07% you will be charged with driving after having consumed alcohol

– More than .05% but less than .08% you will be charged with driving while ability is impaired by alcohol (DWAI)

– 08% or higher you will be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI)

A driving after having consumed alcohol violation results in an administrative hearing before a judge at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Criminal charges and criminal court proceedings result from charges of DWAI or DWI.

What happens during a DMV Administrative Hearing?

Many people mistakenly believe that a BAC under the legal limit of .08% is no big deal and will not lead to any consequences. While it is true that being charged with driving after having consumed alcohol is not a crime and will not result in jail time, you could lose your license and be required to pay significant fines. You are not required to have an attorney present during your hearing but it is important to understand the potential ramifications if your case is handled carelessly. An experienced DWI attorney, such as Jeffrey DeRoberts, enhances your understanding of New York’s zero tolerance law and confidently guides you through each step of the process.

Trust the premier Syracuse DWI defense attorney with your case

The team at the DeRoberts Law Firm places your needs first and works diligently to achieve the best possible results for you. We assist clients with all types of DWI and zero tolerance violations throughout central New York. Call us at 315-479-6445 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your options.

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