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Governor proposes changes to DWI penalties

All around the United States, laws pertaining to drunk driving garner much attention. The state of New York has some of the strictest such laws and penalties in the nation. People arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated can feel as though they have an uphill battle in obtaining a good defense but it is important to remember that this is always possible.

 An article that was recently published in a the local media discussed a dispute currently going on in the State Assembly related to a potential change to the state’s DWI penalties for repeat offenders. When submitting his proposed budget for the 2014-1025 fiscal year, the Governor also submitted two amendments to DWI penalties. One of the changes received such opposition that it has since been removed from the budget. However, efforts are underway to have the change reinstated.

The issue causing contention in the State Assembly is the recommendation that persons convicted with three DWIs should have their driving privileges permanently revoked. The other change that the Governor was seeking is a five-year revocation of driving privileges for anyone who receives two DWI convictions in a three-year time period. The article did not indicate clearly one way or the other if this latter change was approved or not.

If you have been arrested and charged with DWI, DUI or DWAI, you may wish to consider getting help with your defense. The right legal guidance may be able to help you obtain a more positive outcome for your case.

Source:, “Coddling drunk drivers: Assembly balks at ‘three stikes you’re out’”,” March 15, 2014

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