Every case is different, but there are some common things that you should know if you have been charged with DWI in Erie County. Here is some information we often provide our clients:

Before your next court appearance:

Schedule an evaluation. The Court will order you to obtain an evaluation from an evaluator (social worker or mental health services provider) that is approved by the State.  You want to do it before the Judge orders you to do it. It lets the Judge know that you are taking this seriously. It tells the Judge that if you have a problem with drinking, you want to take care of it.  

You may not be able to complete the evaluation process before your next appearance. That’s okay. Just be able to honestly tell the judge you have one scheduled and have the dates of your appointments.

Find a treatment provider, here: https://www.oasas.ny.gov/providerDirectory/index.cfm

If you have been convicted:

Pay your fines and surcharges. If you did not pay your fines and surcharges already, be sure to know when they are due and pay them. If you are not able to pay them by the date given by the judge, go to the Court before that date and ask for more time. Each Court handles these requests differently.

Most Courts accept credit cards, but they add a service fee. Consider paying them in cash or certified funds instead.

Register for the Impaired Driver Program. You will be eligible for a conditional license after your conviction if you register for this program. To register, go to your nearest DMV office. For more information on the Impaired Driver Program go here:

https://dmv.ny.gov/tickets/impaired-driver-program-alcohol-drug-rehabilitation-program

Register for the Victim Impact Panel. Whether you have been convicted of DWI or DWAI, the Court will order you to attend the Victim Impact Panel. In Erie County, you should register online:

http://www2.erie.gov/cps/index.php?q=dwi-victim-impact-panel