The best possible outcome for a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) case in New York will depend on various factors, including the specific circumstances of your case, your criminal history, and the strength of the evidence against you.
- Acquittal or dismissal: The best possible outcome is an acquittal at trial or a dismissal of the charges. This may occur if there are significant legal or factual issues in your case, such as violations of your rights during the traffic stop, problems with the breathalyzer or blood test results, or insufficient evidence to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Reduction of charges: In some cases, a skilled attorney may negotiate with the prosecutor to have the DWI charges reduced to a lesser offense, such as DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) or a non-alcohol-related traffic violation. DWAI is considered a less serious offense than DWI.
- Conditional discharge or ACD: Depending on your criminal history and the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible for a Conditional Discharge or Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD). If you complete the required conditions, such as attending alcohol education programs or community service, the charges may be dismissed.
- Alternative sentencing: In some situations, especially for first-time offenders, the court may offer alternative sentencing options, such as participation in a drug or alcohol treatment program, probation, or community service, in lieu of or in addition to traditional penalties.
- Avoiding jail time: Minimizing or avoiding jail time is often a favorable outcome. For some first-time offenders, particularly those without a prior criminal history, alternative sentencing options may allow them to stay out of jail.
- Limited driving privileges: If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked due to the DWI charges, the best outcome may involve regaining limited driving privileges through the use of a conditional license or hardship license.
- Sealing or expunging records: Depending on the outcome of your case and your eligibility, you may be able to have your DWI arrest and conviction records sealed or expunged in the future.
It’s important to remember that each DWI case is unique, and the best possible outcome will depend on the specific facts and legal considerations involved.