In New York State, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a misdemeanor, and is charged when a person operates a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. If this is your first DWI conviction your license will be revoked for a minimum of six months. For a first-time DWI offense, you will be charged up to $1,000 in court fines, with another $395 or $400 in surcharges depending on the court of conviction. You also face up to 1 year in jail or up to 3 years of probation.  In addition, there is a mandatory DMV Driver Assessment Penalty of $750. If you are convicted of DWI you must install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you own or operate for 1 year.