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DWI License Suspension: What’s Next?

A DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) charge in New York City can have immediate and severe consequences, especially concerning your driving privileges. License suspension is a common repercussion, significantly impacting your daily life. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we understand the critical importance of retaining your driving privileges and are here to guide you through the legal maze.

What is a DWI In NYC?

In New York City, a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) is legally defined as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. This offense can lead to legal consequences including fines, license suspension, and possible jail time.

Understanding License Suspension Post-DWI Charge

When charged with DWI, the prospect of losing your driver’s license is one of the most pressing concerns. New York State law mandates automatic suspension of your driving license upon a DWI charge. This suspension can disrupt your ability to commute to work, attend important appointments, and manage personal responsibilities.

What Happens After a DWI Charge in NYC?

After being charged with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) in New York City, there are several key steps in the legal process:

Arrest and Booking

The process begins with the arrest, after which you will be taken to a local police station for booking. This includes taking fingerprints and photographs.


Your first court appearance is arraignment, where the charges against you are read, and you have the opportunity to enter a plea. Bail may also be set during this appearance.

Administrative License Suspension

Your driver’s license may be suspended immediately if you fail or refuse the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) test.

DMV Hearing

You have the right to request a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to challenge the suspension of your driver’s license. This must typically be requested within a specific time frame after the arrest.

Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings

Your attorney can file motions, potentially to suppress evidence if your rights were violated during the arrest.

Plea Bargaining

Depending on the circumstances of your case, your DWI lawyer may negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce the charges or penalties.


If a plea deal is not reached, your case may go to trial. The prosecution and your defense attorney will present evidence and arguments, and a judge or jury will determine your guilt or innocence.


If convicted, the judge will determine your sentence, which could include fines, jail time, community service, participation in a DWI program, and other penalties.


If convicted, you have the right to appeal the court’s decision.

Post-Conviction Requirements

Depending on the outcome, you might need to complete a DUI education program, use an ignition interlock device, or fulfill other court-mandated requirements.

Each DWI case is unique, and the specific steps can vary based on the details of the case. Legal representation is crucial at each stage to ensure your rights are protected.

How Cedeño Law Group, PLLC Can Help

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Cedeño Law Group, PLLC can provide valuable assistance in DWI cases in New York City through the following ways:

Challenging the Suspension

At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, our approach to challenging license suspensions involves a thorough review of the arrest procedures. We examine if law enforcement adhered to proper protocols during your stop and arrest. Any procedural errors or rights violations can be pivotal in contesting the suspension.

Seeking Conditional Licenses

In certain cases, you may be eligible for a conditional license, which allows for limited driving under specific circumstances, such as commuting to work or attending medical appointments. We can assist in applying for these licenses and presenting a compelling case for why they are necessary for your livelihood.

Legal Advice

Our firm’s attorneys are knowledgeable about the intricacies of DWI laws in New York. We can offer expert advice on how the law applies to your specific situation.

Developing Defense Strategies

Cedeño Law Group, PLLC is skilled at analyzing the details of your case and developing a defense strategy tailored to your circumstances. This could involve challenging the legality of the traffic stop, the accuracy of BAC testing, or other aspects of the prosecution’s case.

Representation in Court

Our attorneys can represent you in all court proceedings, advocating on your behalf and aiming to achieve the best possible outcome.

Negotiating Plea Deals

If appropriate, we can negotiate with prosecutors to reduce charges or penalties, leveraging their experience and understanding of the local legal system.

Guidance Through Legal Processes

From arraignments to trials, we guide you through each step of the legal process, ensuring you understand your rights and options.

Handling Administrative Proceedings

This includes representation in DMV hearings related to license suspension, where we can argue for the retention or restoration of your driving privileges.

Support and Communication

Our law firm prioritizes clear and consistent communication with clients, keeping you informed about the progress of your case and providing support throughout the legal process.

Overall, Cedeño Law Group, PLLC focuses on providing comprehensive and personalized legal services to those facing DWI charges, aiming to protect their rights and minimize the impact of the charges on their lives.

A DWI charge doesn’t have to mean an automatic loss of your driving privileges. With the right legal guidance, you can fight to keep your license and minimize the impact on your life. If you’re facing a DWI charge in New York City, contact Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, for a consultation. Let us help you protect what’s important.

Take Control of Your DWI Case with Cedeño Law Group, PLLC

Facing a DWI charge in New York City can be daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we are dedicated to providing you with expert legal representation and personalized support every step of the way. Our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the complexities of your DWI case, fighting for your rights and striving for the best possible outcome.

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