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When Is A DWI Charge A Felony?

When Is A DWI Charge A Felony?
Edited by Saul Bienenfeld

While a first DWI will usually be charged as a misdemeanor, certain aggravating factors can boost the charge to a felony. If you have a child as a passenger, for example, DWI is a felony, and any second DWI charge within ten years of a prior DWI conviction will be a felony charge.

A DWI conviction also entails extra-legal consequences that you will not face if you are offered a plea agreement and you plead guilty to DWAI.

A DWI conviction will raise your auto insurance costs. If you drive for a living, a DWI conviction may force you to find other work, and a recent criminal conviction can make that difficult.

If you hold a professional license in the state of New York, a DWI conviction will put that license at risk for suspension or revocation.


About the author

Saul Bienenfeld

Over more than 20 years as a criminal defense attorney, Saul has had the opportunity to hone his already sharp instincts. And because he knows the prosecutors and how they think, he can speak knowledgeably about your chances and knows what to do to get the most successful result.