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Charged With a DWI? Here’s What You Should Know

February 20, 2017

dwi lawyerWe all know that driving while drunk is a crime. Whether it is driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence (DUI), or operating under the influence (OUI), it is no secret that this crime comes with serious penalties. Have you ever wondered what happens if you are charged with DWI? Here are some criminal defense attorney-approved things you need to know.

It is all too common
Unfortunately, over 1.4 million people are arrested each year for their first DUI offense. This doesn’t mean that your offense is any less serious. Depending on the severity of the accident, if there were any injuries and how high your blood alcohol content was, you could be facing jail time.

DWI, DUI, and OUI are not all created equal
Each state has different terminology for what officially constitutes drunk driving. In California, drunk driving charges are called DUIs. Assuming there are no injuries, as a result, the minimum penalty includes:

    • About $1,800 in fines and penalty assessments. This does not include the fees of your drunk driving lawyers.
    • A 48-hour jail sentence or a 90-day license restriction. However, if you were granted the license restriction, this will go into place after the four-month restriction given by the DMV, and then followed by a five-month travel restriction meaning you can only travel to and from work.
  • The attendance and completion of a three-month alcohol treatment program, costing $500. If your blood alcohol content is over .20, the program increases to nine months.

Your car insurance rates will rise
Having a DUI, DWI, or OUI on your record will most definitely increase your car insurance rates. This is because you are now seen as a high-risk driver — if they choose to keep you. Remember, a car insurance company has every right to remove you from your plan if they found out you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

Hiring a DWI lawyer is the best way to navigate the court system
Having a DWI lawyer will get you the best outcome with the court, as they will make things easier to understand, and fight your battles so you do not have anything to worry about. They also may be able to cut down on jail time served with a plea deal.

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