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Hello, my name is John Dupee, I’m a member of the firm of Dupée & Monroe. If you’ve been arrested for DWI, you are probably very scared right now as it’s probably the first time you’ve ever been arrested by the police. DWI in the state of New York is a crime, and if you’re convicted of driving while intoxicated, you will have a criminal conviction. Frequently, we are able to negotiate a resolution of a DWI charge with a plea to a lesser offense of driving while ability impaired by alcohol, which is also known as DWAI. DWAI is a traffic offense, not a crime. The breathalyzer reading is determinative of what level of offense a motorist will receive for an alcohol-related stop. If your blood alcohol content is found to be 0.05 to 0.07 you will be charged with DWAI. If your blood alcohol content is found to be 0.08 to 0.17 you will be charged with DWI. If your BAC 0.18 or higher you will be charged with aggravated DWI. The penalties escalate dramatically if you have prior alcohol-related convictions for driving while intoxicated. A second offense of DWI within 10 years of your first conviction will be charged as a felony and could result in state prison exposure. If you receive a charge of DWI, it is important that you contact a lawyer at Dupee & Monroe, so we can make sure that your rights are adequately protected.