- Maximum one year in jail
- Maximum $1,000 fine
- 12 points on your license
- Potential suspension and/or revocation of your license
What Kind of Sentence Can I Expect from My First DWI?
The sentence in each case depends on the facts of the case, so it’s impossible to say for sure. However, persons charged with a fist DWI are eligible for what is known as Probation Before Judgement (PBJ).
Whether a person pleads guilty or is found guilty after trial, the court could grant a PBJ. The PBJ will take the finding of guilt off of a person’s record so long as the person does not violate his or her probation. As such, no points would be assessed against the person’s driving record. However, there would be a notation on your record so that a second offense within ten years will normally not be eligible for a PBJ. It is up to the discretion of the judge as to whether to grant a PBJ. Circumstances where a PBJ would not be granted include:
- If the driver underage.
- If there was an accident, especially with injuries.
- If the driver was travelling at a high speed or in a dangerous manner.