Repeat DWI Offenders Face Harsher Penalties in New York State
Description of Vince's Law.
IntroductionDrunk driving is a serious crime with serious consequences. New York lawmakers have been increasingly concerned about repeat drunk driving offenders, and the laws being passed in New York State reflect that concern. Back in 2012, Governor Cuomo passed DMV regulations requiring that repeat drunk driving offenders have their licenses revoked permanently. More recently, Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature has reconfirmed their commitment to keeping habitual drunk driving offenders off the road. In August 2014, Governor Cuomo signed Vince's Law which increases the penalties for repeat drunk driving offenses and this law will go into effect on November 1, 2014, in time for the holiday drinking season.
Current LawUnder current law, if an individual has a DWI conviction on his or her record, and within ten years of the first conviction receives a second DWI charge, the second offense within ten years constitutes a felony.
Vince's LawVince's law beefs up the DWI law and provides increased penalties for individuals who have three or more DWI convictions within a fifteen year period. Under Vince's Law, a third DWI conviction in a fifteen year period will be charged as a D Felony which carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to seven years in State prison