As New York has such stringent DWI laws, drivers like you should understand that a DWI conviction can do more than just cost you money in fines. We at Sciarrino & Sciarrino, P.C., are here to explain the true damages that a DWI conviction can do.
In the short term, there are financial burdens. You will likely have to pay a fine and court fees. Your insurance rates may go up as well, which can be a financial burden that lasts long into the future. DWI-related charges cause some of the biggest spikes in insurance rates, as well. You can also end up being dropped from your insurance altogether.
It can even affect your employment, especially if you have a job that has to do with transportation or transit. You may lose the job you currently have and/or find it difficult to get hired elsewhere. You may also have trouble obtaining certain licenses necessary for some jobs.
Having a criminal record can also impact getting housing, as landlords can run a background check and may decide not to allow you to lease if any criminal activity shows up. Finally, you may find your ability to travel to other countries impaired. For example, Canada does not allow people with DWI convictions into the country.
If you are facing the possibility of being convicted for a DWI-related crime, consider taking a look at our web page on DWI charges and defense, linked here. You can contact us to learn more about how to defend yourself in this crucial situation.