If you’re charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), you probably understand that a conviction will result in serious consequences. And that holds true even if you’re a first-time offender.
Here are some of the many ways a DWI can affect your life:
- Financially: For example, a first-time offender faces fines up to $2,000. Along with this, you’re required to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device. Depending on your blood alcohol content level, the court also has the power to double your fine.
- Your career: Depending on your career, a DWI may disqualify you from working. For instance, if you’re a delivery driver, your employer may have a zero-tolerance policy. One conviction and you’re out of a job. Not only does this affect your career, but it does the same to your finances.
- Jail time: With mandatory minimum jail time of 72 hours, you’re going to spend time away from your home and family if you’re convicted of DWI. Adding to this, the court has the power to sentence you to up to six months in jail. Just the same as your fine, the court can double your sentence if your blood alcohol content level was above 0.15%.
With so many potential consequences, the best thing you can do is avoid driving after you’ve been drinking alcohol. Even if it’s one drink, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you make a mistake and are arrested for DWI, don’t panic. You have legal rights and there are many defense strategies you can use to avoid a conviction or lessen the consequences. Please continue to review our website for more information.