DUI Frequently Asked Questions
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If you have been charged or arrested for driving while intoxicated (DUI) in Long Island, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Knowing this, the experienced attorneys at Prime & O'Brien, LLP have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions concerning DUI charges in Long Island.
If you would like the answer to a question that is not included in this list, please do not hesitate to contact the Long Island DUI attorneys at the office.
Q: What is the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level in New York?
Q: What is a sobriety test?
Q: What are some of the penalties for DUI?
Q: How long will my license suspension last?
Q: What if I have been charged for a previous DUI?
What is the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level in New York?
In the state of New York, it is illegal to drive a vehicle with a BAC level of 0.08% or higher. For commercial drivers and underage drivers, it is illegal to drive with a BAC level of 0.04% and 0.02%, respectively. If you are BAC level exceeds the legal limit, you may be charged with DUI.
What is a sobriety test?
A sobriety test is a test used by law enforcement officials to determine an individual's BAC level. If a law enforcement official suspects that you are drunk behind the wheel, they may conduct a series of field sobriety tests such as the walk and turn, the one-leg stand and the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test. These tests can determine an individual's coordination and balance skills, which are impaired by drinking alcohol. In addition to these tests, an officer may also administer a breath test to determine a person's BAC level. These test results can be very incriminating.
What are some of the penalties for DUI?
If you are charged or arrested for DUI, you could be facing serious penalties such as expensive fines, license suspension the completion of a DUI education course and even time in jail.
How long will my license suspension last?
If this is your first DUI offense, your driver's license could be suspended up to six months. A second DUI offense could result in license suspension up to one year.
What if I have been charged for a previous DUI?
If this is your second DUI offense, the penalties are much more severe. You could be facing harsher applications of the penalties mentioned previously, such as a maximum jail sentence of four years and fines reaching into the thousands of dollars. You could also be convicted with a Class E felony.
What are my options?
As you can see, the penalties and consequences that come with a DUI charge are very serious. As such, they require serious representation.
If you are currently facing DUI charges, do not hesitate to contact the Long Island DUI defense firm Prime & O'Brien, LLP today for the immediate legal assistance you need. The worst mistake you can make is to do nothing at all. You are innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to fight DUI charges with the help of a tough and experienced Long Island DUI lawyer.
The DUI lawyers at the firm would be happy to answer any questions you might have and provide you with the legal guidance you need through this stressful time in your life.
Take action and contact Prime & O'Brien, LLP today!