The criminal penalties for a DWI conviction vary according to your state, whether it's a first conviction and what other circumstances there may have been. Prosecutors generally add penalties if there was an accident, if you were speeding or for other potential or actual harm. However, for a driver charged with a first misdemeanor DWI, who did not cause an accident or harm anyone, penalties will likely be:
Probation and/or jail time (usually less than a year in jail).
Fines, penalties and restitution of between $1,000 and $4,000.
Driver's license suspended or revoked for 30 days to one year.
Alcohol or drug education classes.
Car, truck, SUV or motorcycle impounded.
First offenders may also be required to use breathalyzer ignition devices or do community service. More serious charges draw larger fines, more time in jail or prison time, longer alcohol classes and other penalties.
Nov 4, 2011 02:06 PM