PENALTIES FOR CONVICTION OF DWI
Punishment for DWI depends upon the circumstances surrounding the case, as well as any prior DWI or DUI convictions. Charges can range from a Class B misdemeanor to a third degree felony.
1st DWI Conviction
First-time DWI offenders will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which means they could be sentenced up to 180 days in jail…
and ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,000.00. Offenders could also lose their license and/or face annual surcharges, up to $2,000.00, to keep their license.
1st DWI Conviction with BAC .15 or Greater
If the offenders BAC is found to be .15 or greater, the charge can be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor, which carries the same penalties as a second DWI conviction.
2nd DWI Conviction
A second DWI conviction is a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in a jail sentence of up to a year, loss of driving privileges for up to two years, and a fine of up to $4,000.00. Offenders could also face annual license surcharges of up to $2,000.00 for 3 years.
3rd DWI Conviction
A third or higher DWI conviction is classified as a third degree felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, loss of driving privileges for up to two years, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Offenders could also face annual license surcharges of up to $2,000.00 for 3 years.