What to Expect as a First Time DWI Offender
We all want to make the most of our lives, but everyone makes mistakes. If you have recently been charged with a DWI, you face a long road ahead. Aside from the various court dates, there will be responsibilities you must fulfill in order to start working toward getting your life back on track and your license reinstated. In the days and months ahead, there are some things you can expect to occur.
Immediately following your conviction, your license will be suspended. This can make it difficult to get to work or school, so you should work on making arrangements for transportation as getting pulled over on a suspended license means automatic jail time.
No matter what state you live in, a first time DWI is classified as a misdemeanor, and there is the possibility of spending up to six months in jail. In some circumstances, the judge may choose to increase this time due to things such as a very high blood alcohol level. This doesn’t mean every offender will even have to serve six months. However, there are typically at least a few days spent behind bars.
Payment of Fines
There will usually be fines associated with a first-time DWI. These can range anywhere from $500 to $2,000. It’s important to pay these in a timely fashion, and the judge will determine when the full amount is due.
To show that you have learned the reasons why drinking and driving poses a problem to society, you will have to take classes. They are geared toward spreading awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol as well as assessing your level of alcohol intake to determine if further intervention is needed to best ensure you don’t become a repeat offender.
Help You Can Count On
It can seem hopeless as you face the prosecutor, judge, and others in the courtroom. Unless you have an extensive knowledge in DWI law, it can be difficult to provide a viable defense. Our staff is here to help. We can assist you in achieving an optimal outcome, and it’s possible for you to actually save money when you work with our knowledgeable staff. Call or stop by our firm today, and we can review your case to give you an idea of how we can help.