What Every Driver Should Know About DWI Charges

When you are charged with a crime in the United States, you will always be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Still, if you are facing DWI charges there are a few important things you need to know so you can prepare yourself for any outcome.

Jail Time for DWI and DUI Charges

In the United States, a first-offense DWI (Driving While Impaired) is classified as a misdemeanor and the maximum jail sentence is six months, except under certain circumstances. In cases where the driver injured or killed someone, or if it is the driver’s third offense, longer jail sentences lasting several years are fairly common. Go online to read more about special situations in which a longer jail sentence might be warranted.

Alternative Forms of DWI and DUI Punishment

When it comes to DWI charges, you should be prepared to pay a fine on top of your jail sentence. The court can impose a fine ranging anywhere from $500 to $2,000 for DUI and DWI. You also stand a good chance of losing your license for a minimum of 90 days. In some states, DUI and DWI offenders are also required to complete some kind of training and prevention program. 


Driving while impaired is incredibly dangerous, both for the driver and for other people on the road. If you find yourself facing DWI charges you should be prepared to pay for your crimes with jail time, fines, suspension of your license, and even mandatory training. Even once you are finished paying for your crime, the charge will likely stay on your driving record for many years to come.