St. Patrick’s Day DUI in New York | What You Should Know

Every year, a great number of people, both of Irish descent and not, flock to nearby restaurants to eat, drink and be merry. Unfortunately, some people might imbibe too much and then get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. If you are one of these unfortunate people, you may have learned that it does not matter if it is a holiday, a Sunday or just an average weekday, driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is still a crime. As such, you will face increasingly harsher penalties for every time, if any, you sustain convictions for these or related offenses. If you face drunk driving charges, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County DUI lawyer to learn what you should know about a St. Patrick’s Day DUI in New York.

What penalties do you face for a St. Patty’s Day DUI in New York?

Those charged and convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol face the following penalties:

First offense DUI:

  • A revoked license for at least 6 months
  • Possible fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
  • Possible jail time up to 1 year
  • Potential enrollment in the New York Impaired Driver Program (IDP) and applicable costs

Second Offense DUI (within 10 years):

  • A revoked license for at least 1 year
  • A $1,000 to $5,000 fine
  • Potential jail time up to 4 years
  • Possible enrollment in the New York Impaired Driver Program (IDP) and associated costs

Third or subsequent offense DUI (within 10 years):

  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000
  • Up to 7 years in jail
  • Revoked license for at least 1 year (possibly permanent revocation)
  • Additional state surcharges

You should reach out to a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney to discuss your next steps and determine how you will respond.

What can a New York DUI attorney do for you?

As outlined in previous blogs, a qualified legal professional will have a number of strategies that they could employ in your defense. Our firm can argue that the responding police officers had no probable cause, the responding officers did not conduct the stop as prescribed by state law, you have medical or health issues that could be confused for inebriation and the testing can’t be relied upon. In addition, he or she will request more evidence to determine whether the police officer’s accounts are accurate and if your constitutional rights have been violated at any point in this process. Let us defend your rights. Please give us a call today.


Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.

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