Driving While Intoxicated (D.W.I.) is a serious issue with social, legal, and financial implications. Individuals convicted of violating New York State laws governing DWI should expect to receive severe penalties
. Based on recent statistics, including substantial numbers of fatalities, injuries, and property damage resulting from driving while intoxicated, many advocacy groups
are calling for even tougher DWI laws.
"In 2007, nearly 13,000 people were killed in drunk driving related crashes." *
Even under the best circumstance a DWI conviction in New York can be a very costly and disruptive experience. Depending upon the severity of the offense, the individual may even find themselves facing incarceration.
for DWI convictions vary, depending upon the offense. Applicable fines for alcohol offenses range anywhere from $300 to $10,000. In addition to fines, a number of court surcharges may be assessed to each offense and typically range from $260 to over $500.
Apart from the above referenced fines and surcharges, a $750.00 Driver Responsibility Assessment is charged by the Department of Motor Vehicles, in addition to typical fees for re-issuing a license.
"An estimated three of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash at some time in their lives." *
Eligibility for a conditional license requires a fee of $200 to $225 to be paid for attendance of the NYS Drinking Driver Program. If referred for alcohol and substance abuse evaluation, each offender is accountable for the cost of treatment not covered by insurance. Each DWI Offender will also need to obtain Automobile Insurance from the risk pool. The premiums paid by this group are typically 3 times that of typical drivers.
In addition to fines, surcharges and varied fees, individuals charged with certain drug and/or alcohol related driving offenses may be subject to incarceration.
"Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related." *
At Mycek Law we are dedicated to providing you with unsurpassed service. Although we in no way condone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, our approach is to work with you to ensure the most judicious outcome for your individual case. Utilizing our extensive knowledge of existing New York state laws in conjunction with over 30 years of combined experience we will ensure that your case is completed in accordance with all applicable laws and that all aspects of your interaction with our firm are well defined, considerate, and honorable. A listing of additional services can be found on the Practice Areas page.
* (NHSTA) Statistics from MADD