DWI (DWAI) Conviction – What Happens Next?

Okay, you’ve been convicted of an alcohol related motor vehicle violation. What happens next?

driver license.jpegYour License: Your New York license, or if you’re an out-of-state motorist your privilege to drive in New York State, will be suspended or revoked for anywhere from ninety days to one year, depending on the actual charge.

Fine: You will be expected to pay a surcharge, and a fine ranging from $300 to $1,500.

Jail: Incarceration can be from fifteen days to one year. State prison sentences are authorized in the case of a felony conviction.

DMV Assessment: A Driver Improvement Assessment of $750 payable to the DMV can be paid in a lump sum or in three $250 annual payments.

Following an alcohol related conviction you may be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device, take a Defensive Driver Program, get alcohol counseling, and attend a Victim Impact Panel.

A person facing a DWI/DWAI conviction would be wise to retain the services of an attorney knowledgeable in DWI defense to guide them through the legal minefield.