You had one drink, then two. Soon enough, you had four or five without really realizing it. You didn’t intend to drive that night, but it just seemed to happen. No matter the circumstances, you will likely suffer the consequences of a DWI.

The first step to knowing how to deal with a DWI is knowing what penalties you are up against. Here are New York’s DWI laws:

  • Zero Tolerance DWI: under 21, any amount of alcohol
    • 6-month license suspension, $125 fine, $100 termination fee
  • Second Zero Tolerance DWI
    • One-year revoked license or until 21, $125 fine, $100 re-application fee
  • DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol): .05-.07%
    • 90-day suspension, maximum 15 days in jail, $300-$500
  • Second DWAI in 5 years
    • 6-month revocation, maximum 30 days in jail, $500-$750
  • Third or more DWAI in 10 years, misdemeanor
    • 6-month revocation, maximum 180 days in jail, $750-$1,500
  • DWI (Driving While Intoxicated): Per Se BAC Limit: .08%, Commercial vehicles: .04%
    • 6-month revocation, maximum 1 year in jail, $500-1,000
  • Second DWI in 10 years, E felony
    • One-year revocation, maximum 4 years in jail, $1,000-$5,000
  • Third DWI in 10 years, D felony
    • One-year revocation, maximum 7 years in jail, $2,000-$10,000
  • AGG DWI (Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated): .18%
    • One-year revocation, maximum one year in jail, $1,000-$2,500
  • Second AGG DWI in 10 years, E felony
    • 18-month revocation, maximum 4 years in jail, $1,000-$5,000
  • Third ADD DWI in 10 years, D felony
    • 18-month revocation, maximum 7 years in jail, $2,000-$10,000

Penalties will vary even more and possibly be more severe if there are also drugs involved, creating a combination charge. The charges will change even more if there is a refusal to take part in a chemical test.

Not only will you be facing penalties from the courts, but a DWI can also affect the rest of your life as well. Depending on your job, there are also possibilities that you will not be able to complete your required duties or that you could be let go for being charged with a crime. To learn how to deal with a DWI charge, talk with a criminal defense lawyer.