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DWI Charges

Facing Your DWI Charges With
an Experienced Lawyer at Your Side

Being arrested and charged with drunk driving (DWI, DUI or DWAI) is a confusing and highly emotional experience for most people. Unfortunately, feelings of shame, embarrassment or fear often cause many people to make a second critical mistake following their arrest — waiting too long before speaking to an attorney.

My name is John Kingsley, and as a trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience, I can provide you with the effective defense representation you need to minimize the negative consequences of a DWI charge. My offices are located in Catskill, New York, and I represent clients facing charges throughout Greene, Columbia and Ulster counties. Talk to me and find out how, or if, I can help.

Contact John P. Kingsley, P.C. for a free consultation today.

DWI / DWAI Penalties

New York State is extremely tough on drunk drivers. Under the current laws, penalties for a conviction on a DWI or DWAI-drugs charge may mean:

  • Up to one year in jail, a one-year license suspension and a $2,500 fine for first-time offenders (misdemeanor)
  • Up to four years in prison, an 18-month or longer license suspension and a $5,000 fine for a second DWI conviction within 10 years (felony)
  • Up to seven years in prison, the possibility of permanent license revocation and a $10,000 fine for a third DWI conviction within 10 years (felony)

Is There a Defense?

DWI charges can be effectively challenged on the basis of a lack of probable cause for the stop, improper testing procedures or equipment, and inaccurate blood-alcohol test results. In some cases, these defenses can successfully be used to get charges dismissed or the charges reduced to a less serious traffic offense.

If that's not a realistic option in your case, we can look at focusing our efforts on obtaining a lighter sentence. Here, the respect and credibility I've established as an attorney in this area — combined with my knowledge of local courts — can be invaluable assets that work to minimize the negative consequences of your arrest.

Call Today for a Free Consultation

Local: 518-291-4843 / Toll Free: 888-508-5537

If you are looking for an experienced DWI defense lawyer to defend your rights in the Catskills region of New York State — call my law offices directly to arrange for a free consultation, or contact me online.

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