By Brooke Price
Convictions for DWI offenses can have significant lifelong repercussions. A charge for a DWI offense can range from a class B misdemeanor to a felony, and anywhere from 72 hours in jail with up to a $2000 fine to up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Consequences may include:
- Driver’s License Suspension. Your license can be suspended for anywhere from 90 days to one year for your first offense. If you are convicted of another DWI within five years of your first offense, your suspension can be up to two (2) years following the conviction.
- Required Vehicle Ignition Interlock. You may be required install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle which requires you to provide breath samples to start the vehicle, as well as periodically while driving. If your BAC is above the legal level of .08, your vehicle will not start, and you will be locked out until the provider gives you a code.
- Medical/Nursing License Revocation. If you are a medical professional, you may face restriction, suspension or revocation of your medical license if you are found guilty of a DWI offense, depending on the level of offense and punishment assessed.
- Child Custody. If you are divorced, your custodial rights may be negatively impacted.
- Firearm Possession. If you are convicted of a felony DWI, your gun ownership rights will be taken away as felons are not allowed to access or use firearms. You will not beable to own, ship or transport firearms.
- Voting Rights. If you are convicted of a felony DWI you will not be allowed to vote inpublic elections, run for public office, or serve on a petit or grand jury. A DWI becomes a felony under the following circumstances:
- If there is a child passenger in the vehicle.
- If it is your third or more offense.
- If you seriously injure or kill someone.If you have been charged with a DWI offense it is important to have proper legal representation. With over 25 years of combined legal experience, Price & Wiggins, P.C. can properly represent you and advise you of your rights. Don’t face these serious consequences alone.