Unlike the criminal charge Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), a person cited for Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) has only committed a traffic infraction and won’t be facing a criminal record for conviction.
But the penalties are real, costly, and for those who don’t take the charges seriously, conviction can be painful.
Penalties for a first DWAI in New York include a suspended license for up to 90 days, fines that can run up to $500, and the potential of 15 days in jail, and ongoing fees and assessments for as long as several years.
So while you won’t have to explain to a future potential employer why there’s a conviction in your criminal history, by the end of the DWAI process, you may feel like the state believes you’re a criminal.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-599-1111 and talk to a New York DWAI attorney for free.