DWI consequences can be severe and should be addressed immediately. Read this article, then call for a free consultation with our Rochester DWI Lawyer.
The consequences of a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated after your first conviction would include a fine, a surcharge, and a license suspension. You’d be entitled though to a conditional license after your license was suspended. You’re typically also going to have to do a Victim Impact Panel. That is a one-night class. It’s typically three or four hours long. It’s a panel discussion put on by people whose lives have been impacted by drivers who were drinking and got into an accident.
DUI Consequences: Losing Your License
Upon the completion of your case, if you’re found to be not guilty, you’ll have no restrictions on your driver’s license. If it’s your first time being convicted of a Driving While Intoxicated offense, your license will be suspended, however, the court will allow you to have a 20 day stay. What that does is allow you to have regular driving privileges for the next 20 days. In that period of time, the DMV is going to allow you to enroll in a program called the Drinking Driver Program. It is a class that is one night a week for eight weeks. The DMV says if you sign up for this class we’ll give you a conditional license. Upon successful completion of this class, we will give your regular license back again, regardless of the duration of your suspension. You’re only allowed to take this class once every five years. If you get a second DWI within five years of your first one, you’re not going to be eligible for Drinking Driver Program and you’re not going to be eligible to get that license after the conviction.
DUI Consequences: DWI Under 21
In New York State, we have a zero tolerance DWI law that applies to people who’ve been arrested or convicted of a Driving While Intoxicated charge and have not yet turned 21. In those instances, that person is facing a stiffer license suspension and license revocation than somebody who is over 21 when they were arrested for the DWI.
If you are facing any DUI consequences, please call and schedule a free consultation with our experienced DUI lawyer Michael Schmitt.