Driving while intoxicated is a danger to yourself and can be a danger to others. That’s the primary reason why it’s illegal to do so.
In New York, a DWI has extremely harsh penalties. Did you know that there is a jail term for many of the charges that you could face and be convicted of if you drink and drive? These penalties are even harsher if you are accused and convicted of an Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (AGG DWI) charge for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18% or higher.
An aggravated charge is always going to be more aggressive and punishment-heavy than a typical DWI. Here’s a little more about the penalties that you could face if you have a high BAC when you are arrested.
Aggravated Driving While Intoxcated
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated charges come with a maximum jail term of a year and can result in fines of up to $2,500. You will also lose your license for a year.
On a second offense, which is a felony, you can be fined up to $5,000 and jailed up to four years. You can also lose your license for 18 months or longer.
Third offenses are taken even more seriously, leading to penalties including a felony and up to $10,000 in charges. You can face up to seven years in prison and lose your license again for 18 months or longer.
These are just some of the penalties you should know. If you face an AGG DWI, make sure you understand your right to a strong defense.