What is DWI?

A DWI conviction is a serious charge that can stay on your criminal record for 25 years. There are many different types of DWI in New York and various penalties associated with each type. Watch this video by experienced Long Island DWI attorney Michaelangelo Matera to learn more about driving while intoxicated and what to do if you’ve been arrested for DWI.


DWI takes on many different forms in different states. There’s driving while intoxicated, there’s driving while impaired, there’s also being impaired. Now in New York State, driving while intoxicated means that you are operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level in excess of .08. Anything from a .08 to a .18 is considered driving while intoxicated. Once you hit .18 and above, it is now considered aggravated driving while intoxicated, which has much more severe penalties than the regular driving while intoxicated.

Driving while intoxicated is also, depending on your past history, a misdemeanor criminal offense and potentially could be a felony criminal offense if you’ve had a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated in the preceding 10 years. So if you get arrested for driving while intoxicated is extremely important that you seek legal counsel immediately.

When people are facing DWI charges, what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success and positive results against DWI charges.

If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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