New York residents who face DUI related charges could find themselves dealing with a number of repercussions if they’re convicted. However, the consequences can differ from case to case, and the DUI charges themselves can differ, too.
According to FindLaw, you could face several different types of DUI charges depending on the actions you’re being accused of. For example, there are both felony DUI charges and aggravated DUI charges. A felony DUI will typically happen when you get convicted of DUI along with a severe aggravating factor. Examples can include driving intoxicated with children in the car, or driving intoxicated on a revoked or suspended license.
Aggravated DUI charges also involve breaking the law in more than one way while driving under the influence, but typically include matters like speeding under the influence, lane swapping, or aggressive driving.
First offense DUIs, on the other hand, can sometimes be seen as a “lighter” offense due to the fact that you don’t have a record of driving recklessly. However, even with a first-time offense, you can still face fines, jail time, or having to attend driver safety programs. In most cases, it just means that the sentences are slightly reduced. Typically, a first-time DUI offense without any other aggravating factors will be considered a misdemeanor compared to a felony.
Regardless, any DUI related charge can become harmful to you if you’re convicted. Consider speaking with an attorney about your potential options to see how you can best fight against the accusations being weighed against you.