What Are The Penalties For Driving While Intoxicated?
When someone thinks of DWI penalties, the first thing that comes to mind may be questions about the cost of fines and the amount of jail or prison time.
In fact, however, the true scope of DWI penalties encompasses several areas of a person’s life, including the following:
- Your driver’s license could be suspended or revoked.
- You could be required to pay large fines.
- You could be put on probation, requiring you to check in periodically with a probation officer over a year’s time or longer.
- You might go to jail or prison.
- You might be required to install an ignition interlock device.
- You could be subjected to the following specific DWI penalties:
- For driving while impaired by alcohol (DWAI) with a blood alcohol level of .05-.07, you might be assessed a fine between $300 and $1,500, spend between 15 and 180 days in jail, and have your driver’s license suspended for up to a year, or until age 21 if you are a minor.
- For driving while intoxicated (DWI) with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, you might be assessed a fine between $500 and $10,000, spend up to seven years in prison and have your driver’s license suspended for up to one year, or until age 21 if you are a minor.
- For aggravated DWI, you might be assessed a fine between $1,000 and $10,000, spend a year to seven years in prison and have your driver’s license suspended for up to 18 months.
Contact An Albany DWI Defense Attorney Today
You owe it to yourself and your future to mount the most vigorous defense that you can, to do all that you can to avoid severe penalties after a drunk driving arrest. For experienced counsel and representation after an intoxicated driving arrest, contact a knowledgeable Albany DWI defense attorney. Call me at any time at 518-783-3800 or email me directly.