In New York State, DWI has a very large punishment range. These can range between permit suspensions to revocations of 90 days or up to a year. The Courtroom Surcharges can range between $260.00 (for a DWAI) and many hundreds more for a DWI. The fines can add the a huge selection of dollars to the thousands as well. Punishments range from years of probation where you cannot consume alcohol or become around anyplace serving it for years. The circumstances of your probation is often as wide obviously. If your plea discount is not correctly negotiated, you could end up with some overly severe conditions.
Good negotiations can help you avoid having a deep lung device (ignition interlock device) attached to your car. That is an apparatus that will require you to blow into it to start your vehicle, and periodically while traveling. If you have friends or business associates in your vehicle, it could be quite embarrassing. Not to mention, it costs about $70 per month to monitor... a cost paid by YOU. Over the years, it could cost you thousands.
Additional conditions on your probation could be huge amounts of community services, costing you money if you are not working.
Another, & most important account is that if you plead guilty, you possess 100% chance of being found guilty and having a DWI conviction on your record. New York State has no Expungement law which means that your DWI record will remain with you for life.
Occasionally, you have the opportunity to be found not liable at trial, which isn't necessarily the same thing to be found innocent. If your privileges were violated, etc., a trial is normally the only chance so that you can keep this off your record. You might even have the possibility of being found guilty to the decreased charge of DWAI, which really is a traffic infraction.
What it boils right down to is that even if you are guilty, you still need a good DWI attorney to ensure that you understand your options and are treated fairly.