A DWI (drinking while intoxicated) arrest in the Bronx is a very serious matter. Your criminal case will be heard in Bronx County Criminal Court or Bronx County Supreme Court. There you will face two serious issues: the charge against you and a possible jail sentence.
DWI and DUI Charges
An arrest for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (DWI) or a DUI (driving under the influence) charge is a violation of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law. As such, it is classified as a misdemeanor offense. A misdemeanor conviction in the Bronx becomes a permanent part of your criminal record. It cannot be expunged. After a DWI or DUI arrest in the Bronx, you may be charged with two separate misdemeanors according to the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law. Violation of section 1192(2) means that you were found to be operating a motor vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than .08, which is against the law. Violation of section 1192(3) says you were operating a motor vehicle while displaying common signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech, poor balance, and unsteady gait.
If you are found guilty of both of the above section violations, you may also be charged with a third. If it is discovered that you are unable to operate a vehicle as a reasonably prudent driver would have done and if your BAC is also above .08, you may charged with section 1193(1) of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Avoiding a Criminal Record
Is it possible to avoid a criminal record for a DWI or DUI offense in the Bronx? Despite the seriousness of the charges, the answer is yes. Bronx DWI lawyer Jason Steinberger is a defense attorney who fully understands the complications of drunk driving laws in the Bronx. He will focus on whether the Bronx district attorney’s office can prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. If not, all charges must be dismissed or a non-criminal disposition must be considered.
Avoiding Jail Time
If you face a Bronx DWI charge, you do not necessarily face a jail sentence. Your DWI lawyer, Jason Steinberger, will first attempt to have your case dismissed. If that is not possible, the focus will be on resolving your case with a reasonable fine or DWI program so that you can continue to work at your job or you can remain legally in the United States. Your DWI lawyer will be committed to getting you the best possible results. Make that call now to 646-256-1007.