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In New York, drinking and driving is a serious offense. Depending on your blood alcohol content and the manner of your driving, you could face serious jail time, fines and other penalties. There are four general infractions that fall under driving while intoxicated.

The least severe charge is Driving While Ability Impaired, or DWAI. It happens when your BAC level is between 0.05 and 0.07. Generally, this is simply charged as a traffic infraction, which results in a ticket. A more serious DWAI charge may come if you are under the influence of drugs — a DWAI-D. This infraction could result in a $500-$1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. 

If your blood alcohol content is above 0.08, but below 0.18, you could be charged with a DWI, or driving while intoxicated. On the first offense, you will face a fine between $500 and $1,000 and up to a year in jail. The final basic type of infraction is aggravated driving while intoxicated, or simply an aggravated DWI. This kind of charge applies for a BAC level of 0.18 or higher. On the first offense, the fine is between $1,000 and $5,000, with jail time of up to a year.

Each of these charges (besides a DWAI) also comes with license suspension or revocation. On subsequent offenses, the penalties become much more severe. If you are facing any of these charges, you do not have to face them alone. A traffic law attorney may be able to provide further legal counsel

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