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Rochester DWI Accident Attorneys

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When a driver is accused of causing an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the consequences can be severe. In addition to facing criminal charges for DWI, the driver may also be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by the accident. If you or someone you love was involved in a DWI accident, it is important that you reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

At Nobles & DeCarolis, our Rochester DWI accident lawyers have been serving the community for decades. We understand the complexities of these cases and can help you navigate the legal process from start to finish. Our team is prepared to aggressively advocate for your rights and best interests in and out of the courtroom.

Call our office at (585) 639-3111 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our DWI accident attorneys in Rochester.

What Is the Difference Between DWI and DWAI?

In New York, there are two main types of drunk driving charges: driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI). The primary difference between these two charges is the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level at the time of the arrest.

Under New York law, the following BAC levels apply:

  • 0.08% or higher for drivers 21 years of age and older
  • 0.04% or higher for commercial drivers
  • 0.02% or higher for drivers under the age of 21

If a driver’s BAC is between 0.05% and 0.07%, he or she may be charged with DWAI. If the driver’s BAC is 0.08% or higher, he or she may be charged with DWI. If the driver’s BAC is 0.18% or higher, he or she may be charged with aggravated DWI, which is a more serious offense.

What Are the Penalties for DWI in New York?

When a driver is convicted of DWI in New York, he or she may face both criminal and administrative penalties. The specific penalties depend on the circumstances of the case, including the driver’s BAC level, whether anyone was injured, and whether the driver has any prior DWI convictions.

Criminal penalties for DWI in New York include:

  • Up to 1 year in jail for a first offense
  • Up to 4 years in prison for a second offense
  • Up to 7 years in prison for a third offense
  • Up to 15 years in prison for a fourth or subsequent offense
  • Fines ranging from $500 to $10,000
  • License suspension for at least 6 months
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for at least 1 year

In addition to these criminal penalties, a driver convicted of DWI may also face administrative penalties, such as the revocation of his or her driver’s license. If the driver caused an accident while under the influence, he or she may also be held liable for the victim’s damages.

How Can a Lawyer Help with My Case?

If you were involved in a DWI accident, you may be facing serious criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. In order to protect your rights and best interests, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

A skilled DWI accident lawyer in Rochester can help you by:

  • Conducting a thorough investigation into the accident and the charges against you
  • Collecting and preserving evidence, such as police reports, witness statements, and more
  • Working with accident reconstruction experts to determine how the crash occurred
  • Building a strong defense strategy on your behalf
  • Negotiating with the prosecution to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed
  • Representing you in court, if necessary

At Nobles & DeCarolis, we understand the serious nature of these cases and are prepared to fight aggressively for you. Our team can help you understand your legal options and make well-informed decisions every step of the way.

Discuss Your Case with Our Team Today

If you were involved in a DWI accident, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Our team at Nobles & DeCarolis can help you navigate the legal process and fight for a favorable outcome on your behalf. We are committed to providing each and every client with the compassionate, personalized legal representation they deserve.

Call our office at (585) 639-3111 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our DWI accident attorneys in Rochester.

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