What to Expect if Convicted of a DUI/DWI

by Criminal Defence Blawg on August 3, 2012

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(US criminal law) Drinking and driving is nothing to joke about and even if you have a beautiful Ford Mustang with all types of after-market Mustang accessories and Ford Mustang parts for higher performance, the police will still take you to jail. If you have been convicted of a DUI or a DWI, then you are in serious trouble. This is no laughing matter, but it would be nice to understand what you can expect.

If you hire a lawyer to help you with the process, they should inform you of everything you could be facing. Penalties vary from one state to another and even from one city to another, but typically, you will face a little bit of jail time, probation, alcohol awareness classes, driver’s license suspension, community service and hefty fines. A DUI can cost you over $5,000 including lawyer fees and everything involved.

Now, if you have been convicted of an alcohol offense or a drug offense in the past, the consequences could be very harsh. You will probably lose your license for at least 6 months, and you will probably spend at least 30 days in jail. It really depends on the judge, where you were caught, as well as the circumstances of your previous charges and current charges.

Potential Consequences of Drinking and Driving

Just being caught drinking and driving usually comes along with plenty of monetary fines and time spent without a license, but if you get into an accident and hurt someone, you could face felony charges. This could lead to jail time of many years and could completely change your life forever. When younger, I was charged with a DWI and had to attend a seminar about alcohol abuse. It opened my eyes in ways you probably cannot imagine, and I would like to share a story with you from the seminar.

One of the guest speakers was a young man of 29 years old that had previously been in an accident involving a drunk driver. He was the drunk driver and he hit a car with a family in it. The parents both died on impact, but both children survived. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison. When this man was convicted, he was only 18 years of age. When he was released from prison after serving 10 years, he was reduced to tears when talking about this life changing experience. A video was shown during his presentation of when he met the children that survived the car accident and apologized to them. He was crying so hard, he could barely get the words out, but he was seeking forgiveness for the horrible thing he did to this family.

This is just one of the serious consequences of driving while intoxicated and even though you may only end up paying fines and losing your license for a few months, this is what could happen. Drinking and driving can be deadly. Nobody should get behind the wheel, if they have been drinking.

Guest post by Shane. With interests in Mustang Accessories and other car related topics, he blogs regularly about safe driving.

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