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What can I expect when charged with a DWI?

If you’ve recently been charged with a DWI in New York, you’re probably experiencing a great deal of stress. In this case, knowing what to expect is of the utmost importance to get through the experience relatively unscathed. VeryWellMind.com offers the following information to help you understand just what will happen after a DWI.

Court Appearance

After your arrest you’ll be requested to appear at a hearing. These hearings are fairly cut and dry in most DUIs (provided there were no extenuating circumstances). If you plead guilty the judge will inform you of the next steps, which often includes fines, loss of license, and potentially even jail time. If you plead not guilty you’ll need to present the reasons why the arresting officer was mistaken. This can be difficult, especially with blood test and breathalyzer evidence.

You Will Lose Your License

It’s a given that you’ll lose your license for a period of time. This is true even with first offenses, although in this case the loss of license may only amount to a short period of time. You may also request driving privileges if they’re crucial to your livelihood, but this largely depends on the state you live in and the circumstances surrounding your arrest.

You Could Be Subject to Jail Time

Jail time is typically only given to those with multiple DUIs or when serious property damage or injury has occurred. However, you may still serve jail time on your first offense, even if it only amounts to one or two days. With or without jail time, you will likely be subject to a period of probation.

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