Is a First-Time DWI a Serious Matter?
When you are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), you might not initially think it is a serious matter. After all, you probably know someone who has faced DWI charges, and they might have seemed to emerge from the process relatively unscathed. However, you don’t see what goes on behind the curtain, and you might not realize all the effects that even a first DWI conviction can have on your life.
If you plead guilty or are convicted of DWI at trial, you can face the following in New York:
- Up to one year in jail
- Fines from $500 to $1,000
- Driver’s license revocation for six months
The penalties are harsher if you had a BAC of 0.18 percent or higher. You can also experience other effects on your life, including:
- Being disqualified from many jobs that involve driving
- Not being able to get around or transport your kids while your license is suspended
- Potentially having an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, which will signal to everyone that you had a DWI
Once you have a first conviction, the penalties for a second offense increase sharply. For a second offense in New York in ten years, you can face up to four years in prison and fines up to $5,000. This means it is important to always avoid a first conviction whenever you can.
Speak with a Poughkeepsie DWI Defense Attorney Right Away
At the Law Offices of Nicklaus Misiti, our Poughkeepsie DWI defense lawyer regularly defends against this type of charge. We work to minimize the effects of your criminal case on your life and future, and we can identify the best defense strategy in your situation. Contact us online or call 845.286.4501 to discuss your arrest and get started protecting your rights.