Will my out-of-state conviction affect my current New York DWI charge?
by Seth Azria on 6/03/2014
New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1192 (8) addresses the affect of a previous out-of-state conviction on a current DWI charge in New York. In short, if the prior out-of-state conviction would have been a misdemeanor, felony, or DWAI had the crime occurred in New York, then that conviction could be used to enhance the current New York charge.
The enhancement can mean the difference between being charged with a felony, longer sentencing periods, higher fines, and denial of a driving license privilege just to name a few.
If you are currently charged with a DWI in New York and have a previous out-of-state conviction then you should contact an attorney immediately.