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What are possible penalties for these charges involving DWI without a valid drivers license?

Brookhaven, NY |

I have a friend who was involved in a DUI arrest last night and I am wondering what legal implications he may face if convicted. He is a college student and made some very serious/idiotic mistakes. This event took place in New York State.

From my understanding he has no prior criminal record.

These are the offenses from what I know however he has not been arraigned yet

-Driving without headlights on
-Driving without a valid drivers license
-Driving while intoxicated while under 21 (I do not know the exact BAC)
-Providing a false name/information to the police
-Resisting Arrest (supposedly was screaming at police officers, they used force against him to restrain him)

Looking at these potential charges, what could one expect as a legal penalty? The car driven did not belong to him.

If possible, based on NY State law, I would like to know what maximum/minimum sentencing guidelines would be if charged with the above crimes.

Attorney Answers 5


  1. There are a number of possible outcomes, many of them are not good. He needs a very good attorney quickly. There are DMV consequences as well due to his age.
    Make sure he talks to local attorney's.

    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
    Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
    Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
    1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
    Garden City, NY 11530
    516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
    Jlopiccolo@hbclaw.net

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.


  2. There are a number of possible outcomes, many of them are not good. He needs a very good attorney quickly. There are DMV consequences as well due to his age.
    Make sure he talks to local attorney's.

    Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
    Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
    Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
    1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
    Garden City, NY 11530
    516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
    Jlopiccolo@hbclaw.net

    I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.


  3. It depends on what county this took place in as the DAs in some counties don't make plea offers on dui cases. He is charged with several misdemeanors. He needs to hire a good criminal defense lawyer who knows how to handle a dui case.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 577-9797 or via email at Eric@RothsteinLawNY.com. I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.


  4. If he was locked up on Long Island he is going to jail almost for sure. He is losing his license for at least 1 year. And a lot of other bad stuff. He needs a great lawyer.


  5. Get a good criminal attorney. Even if he has never had contactwith the criminal justice system in the past, he could face jailtime.

    The above is general information only and is not legal advice. The information provided does not form an attorney-client relationship, and should not be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. I am not your attorney until we sign a retainer agreement.

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