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Hudson Valley DWI & DWAI Attorney At the Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, You Are Our Priority

Poughkeepsie DUI Lawyer

Providing DWI & DWAI Defense in Hudson Valley and Dutchess County

If you have been arrested or if someone you love is currently facing DWI charges in Poughkeepsie, the Hudson Valley, or the Dutchess County area, do not wait another moment. Your choice in legal representation will matter – and our firm is focused on helping you get the results you need so you can move on with your life. Act quickly to secure the aggressive representation of the Law Office of Kelly M. Enderley.

What can you expect as our client?

  • We offer a 24-hour emergency hotline where you can contact us at any time of day or night.
  • We provide responsive counsel and all inquiries are returned within 24 hours.
  • We stay available for weekend and evening appointments when you need it most.
  • We create aggressive, strategic, and effective defense strategies that get results.

Have questions about your case? We are here to listen. Contact our law firm today for afree phone consultation. No matter what the Breathalyzer says, we are confident we can help you beat this or limit the DWI (DUI) penalties.

Facing DWI charges? Contact our 24/7 emergency hotline at (888) 991-3211.

Work with an Aggressive Attorney in New York

A conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) will have far-reaching implications, from license suspension and possible jail time to consequences for employment. While the case against you may seem solid, you are innocent until proven guilty. It is important to realize there are defense strategies available that can make a big difference in your future. The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC in Poughkeepsie will make the prosecution prove its case or negotiate skillfully on your behalf to minimize the impact on your finances, your family and your future.

Experienced Poughkeepsie DWI Defense Attorney

Trial lawyer Kelley M. Enderley has handled the full spectrum of DWI cases, from first-time DWI offenders and underage drivers who are attending local colleges and universities to repeat DWI offenders and out-of-state drivers.

She is familiar with the tough enforcement and harsh penalties for driving while intoxicated in New York, but she is also knowledgeable about viable DWI defenses and navigating clients through the local courts. She can also work to help you avoid how these points may affect your driving record if you hold a New Jersey driver’s license.

DUI Penalties - What You Need to Know

  • A first conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving while ability impaired by drugs (DWAI-Drugs) carries a six-month license suspension and possible jail time. New York law also requires an ignition interlock on a first offense.
  • A blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18 (aggravated DWI) increases the penalties.
  • Refusing the Breathalyzer results in automatic license suspension for one year, with no conditional license.
  • Commercial drivers (CDL) are considered in violation at .04 BAC.
  • Drivers under age 21 are considered in violation at .02 BAC.
  • A second DWI conviction is punishable by up to four years in state prison.
  • A third DWI offense carries mandatory prison time and possible permanent driver's license revocation.

Penalties for First-Time DWI Offense

In New York it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher; however, it is also against the law to drive if the driver is found to be under the influence of any amount of alcohol or drug. A person convicted of a first-time drinking and driving offense faces fines, potential jail time and license actions. A person convicted with a first offense faces a minimum fine of $500, up to one year in jail and minimum license revocation for six months. Individuals convicted with multiples offenses or with a high blood alcohol content face gradually stiffer penalties.

DWI Penalties for Underage Drivers

Drivers under the age of 21 face special rules and penalties for drinking and driving. New York's Zero Tolerance law makes it illegal for a driver under the age of 21 to consume any alcohol. In addition to the legal penalties for DWI, underage drivers convicted of drinking and driving face special license penalties. An underage driver convicted of DWI faces the revocation of his or her driver's license for at least one year; however, if the driver enrolls in the Drinking Driver Program the driver may receive a conditional license for the time period of the revocation. An underage driver who is convicted of a second DWI faces the revocation of his or her license for the longer of one year or until the individual turns 21.

DWI Penalties for Commercial Drivers

Commercial drivers in New York also face unique license penalties. Those who hold a Class A, B or C license are held to stricter blood alcohol content standards and face tougher penalties when operating a vehicle that requires a commercial driving license. A commercial driver convicted of DWI or having at least a 0.04 blood alcohol content faces the revocation of his or her license for at least one year.

Additional Penalties

In addition to the fines for a DWI offense, drivers convicted of the offense must also pay mandatory surcharges and a mandatory fee for assistance to crime victims. These penalties are referred to as license penalties. Many are also not aware that drivers convicted of drinking and driving in New York face driver responsibility assessments, which are fines for certain driving violations.

Because the elements leading up to a DWI arrest or charge are complicated and the penalties for a DWI conviction are hefty, it's important to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.

Our goal is to help adults and minors who are arrested for drunk driving avoid jail time, a criminal conviction and license suspension if at all possible, or to limit the penalties, fines and collateral consequences for drinking and driving. Through negotiations and at trial, we have obtained solid results for clients by challenging probable cause for the traffic stop, field sobriety tests, Breathalyzer results and other evidence of errors or violations of our clients' rights.

Upon conviction for repeat offenses or felony DWI, without an effective defense strategy, jail is likely and license revocation is probable. Our DUI attorney in Poughkeepsie can make every effort to reduce these serious DWI cases to a misdemeanor or noncriminal offense to avoid those outcomes, or negotiate with the prosecutors to keep clients out of prison.

Our Attorney Can Help You Fight DWI Charges

We understand what is at stake and use all our experience and resources to limit the consequences of a DWI arrest. Receive effective and aggressive legal counsel by calling our firm now. Our Poughkeepsie DUI lawyer proudly serves clients in various areas throughout New York, including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Newburgh, and the Dutchess, Putnam, and surrounding counties of New York.

If you are facing charges for DWI or DWAI, contact us online or call (888) 991-3211 to schedule a free consultation!