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What are the penalties for a DWI (Misdemeanor) conviction?

by Seth Azria on 1/26/2015

A Driving While Intoxicated conviction, either after a trial or as a result of plea bargain, is a misdemeanor crime and the possible penalties are:

  • Incarceration of up to 1 year
  • Fine between $500-$1,000 and surcharge of $395
  • A DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment of $250 each year for 3 years for a total of $750.
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device on the driver’s vehicle for a period of not less than 6 months.
  • Driver's License Suspension
  • A Period of Probation or Conditional Discharge
  • A permanent criminal record

These penalties are possible but not required upon conviction. Our DWI defense lawyers seek to minimize the consequences of any charge on your life.  Please call (315) 354-1155 for a free case evaluation with a skilled lawyer and learn about the possible outcomes for you.  

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