DUI Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from Skilled Long Island Attorneys
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
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
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 your
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 can provide you with the legal guidance you need through
this stressful time in your life.
Take action and
contact Prime & O'Brien, LLP today!
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