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Manhattan DWI Lawyer Russ Kofman Explains the Different DWI Charges in NYC

By: Magic PR

Manhattan DWI lawyer Russ Kofman ( releases a new article explaining the different DWI charges in NYC. The lawyer mentions that many individuals who face DWI charges usually do not have any prior experience with facing the criminal justice system. But alcohol-related offenses are taken very seriously in the state of New York and can result in a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life.

“A driver is considered impaired if their blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.05% and legally intoxicated at 0.08%. The severity of the charges and penalties will vary depending on blood alcohol concentration, whether drugs were involved, and whether the defendant is a repeat offender. Even a first offense can result in serious charges and penalties,” the Manhattan DWI lawyer says. 

One of the key factors in a DWI case is the accuracy and reliability of the chemical test used to determine the individual’s BAC. Penalties for DWI convictions in NYC can be severe and can include fines, jail time, and the loss of driving privileges. The attorneys at Lebedin Kofman LLP will work tirelessly to minimize the consequences for their clients and help them avoid a conviction.

In the article, the lawyer adds that in New York, there is zero tolerance for drivers under the age of 21. These laws make it unlawful for a young driver to drive with a BAC of 0.02%. There is also another law called Leandra’s Law, or the Child Protection Act, that imposes severe penalties for drivers who are drunk driving with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle. 

Attorney Kofman also says, “Under Leandra’s Law, an impaired driver who causes the injury of a child under the age of 16 may be charged with a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. An impaired driver who causes the death of a child under the age of 16 may be charged with a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.”

If a police officer has observed driving behavior that seems to indicate possible intoxication, such as speeding, swerving, running traffic lights, or otherwise driving erratically, the officer may pull the driver over to further observe the driver’s behavior or appearance. Based on this observation, the officer may test the physical coordination of the driver through a series of field sobriety tests. Failure to perform at a given level will be an indication of intoxication.

Lastly, attorney Kofman emphasizes the importance of having a skilled lawyer when facing charges of DWI. An experienced lawyer may be able to help the defendant understand their rights and protect their freedom. 

About Lebedin Kofman LLP

Russ Kofman and Arthur Lebedin are seasoned, aggressive litigators handling cases in both the state and federal courts. Together, they manage the Lebedin Kofman Law firm. They handle civil rights cases as well as family law, high-net-worth divorce, and highly contested custody cases. Attorney Kofman and attorney Lebedin believe in their clients and work hard to fight for their rights and help them receive the best possible outcome for each of their cases. Call today to speak with an experienced attorney: (646) 663-4430.


About Lebedin Kofman LLP | Criminal Attorney and DWI Lawyer

Lebedin Kofman LLP understands how difficult it can be to be charged with a crime. There is often much at stake, and you may not know what your next steps should be. That’s why we guide our clients every step of the way and inform them of the potential short- and long-term effects of their choices.

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New York 10004
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