DWI laws vary from state to state, however, the legal issues are all the same no matter where you are arrested. If you have been pulled over and arrested for driving while intoxicated for the very first time, you will need to consider what the arrest will bring.
The issues that will come up regarding a first offense DWI conviction will include court hearings regarding suspension of your drivers license, arraignment hearings, pre-trial hearings and pre-trial conferences to negotiate pleas with prosecutors, entering a plea, or possibly going to trial. Keep in mind that if your BAC or Blood Alcohol Content is over 0.08% you are considered impaired even though you may show no signs of impairment at the time of the traffic stop.
When you negotiate or elect to go to trial you could be fined anywhere from $300 to over $1000 depending upon the state. You may also face jail time, restitution in cases where damages occurred, or probationary periods. If at any time probation is violated for non-compliance with payment of fees or driving classes that may be ordered by the court, you could be looking at jail time for probation violation.
Many states now carry implied consent laws that require law enforcement to advise you of the consequences of not taking chemical blood tests. These can include complete suspensions of your driver’s license and additional jail time.
If you are convicted of a first offense DWI you risk losing your job and your ability to get to your job. You may also lose money and time by spending both with a probation officer. A first offense DWI shouldn’t be taken lightly in any case. If you are facing jail time, license suspension, and other fines you may need the help of a DWI attorney.
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