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Are alternative penalties more helpful than prison?

In DWI cases, it's sometimes the reality that the person who caused the accident needs help through alternative means rather than through a prison sentence. Drug addiction or alcohol addiction treatment can often provide better assistance to the person who caused a DWI than prison can.

As someone who has driven when under the influence, it is important that you know if you have the opportunity to go through alternative courts or to receive alternative penalties. Your attorney may be able to help you avoid a long prison sentence in lieu of seeking addiction treatment, for example.

What kinds of penalties are normal for DWIs in New York?

Some typical penalties include:

  • License suspensions
  • Civil penalties
  • Fines
  • Prison sentences
  • Mandatory alcohol education assessment and treatment

Why should you fight for alternative sentencing?

If you are accused of a DWI and face penalties, it's best to look into alternative penalties for a few reasons. The most significant reason is that the DWI shows that you may need some assistance with alcohol abuse or misuse, which can be treated with therapy and rehabilitation. Often, therapy and rehabilitation do much more to help people struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction than a prison sentence since they're able to get the support they need to avoid using alcohol or driving after drinking in the future.

Alternative penalties may be different, but the goal is to help those convicted of DWI charges. Treatment can help you move forward and prevent a recurrence of a drunk driving incident. This is something to discuss with your attorney.

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