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DWI Penalties

This educational video on Buffalo DWI penalties was provided by Drew Fritsch, an experienced Buffalo DWI attorney. If you’ve been arrested for DWI, contact our office for a free confidential consultation. Let our experience work for you.

  • When someone charged with DWI asks whether they need an attorney, they should be made aware of the potentially severe consequences.
  • Financial outcome can include a fine of $500 to $1,000 plus surcharges.
  • The driver’s license will be revoked for six months to one year.
  • An ignition interlock device will be installed in the offender’s vehicle.
  • The court may impose probation for up to three years, and up to one year in jail.

Criminal penalties can include:

  • Fines: Between $300 and $5,000
  • Jail time: Between 15 days and 4 years
  • License suspension: Between 90 days and 18 months
  • You will have an ignition interlock device installed in your car, requiring a breath sample before you can operate it.

Penalties for a first-offense DWAI include:

  • A fine of between $300 and $500, up to 15 days in jail, or both
  • Suspension of your driver’s license for 90 days (unless you are under 21 or possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL))
  • A surcharge of $255 ($260 if the case is in either a Town or a Village Court)
  • A driver responsibility assessment of $250 a year for 3 years
  • A requirement that you attend a Victim Impact Panel

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Did you or a loved one get arrested for a DWI and wonder what type of penalties you might incur? Don’t plead guilty until you know all of your options.

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