Arrested for Drunk Driving? Fight it! 810-632-9160
If you are convicted of a drunk driving charge how serious is it? Its pretty serious. The most common is the OWI first offense. This is by far the most common arrest. First offenders. Not a criminal and someone that went to the bar after work, or went on a date and is driving home and run through a yellow light. A person who is never been in trouble in their life. In fact, they were not even drinking that much. 3 or 4 drinks. The cop smells it alcohol and the next thing you know you are standing on one leg with cars whizzing by and trying to convince the cop to let you go. And just like that you are in handcuffs and on your way to jail. What next? What is going to happen to you? You are in the system. You are going to be treated like a criminal. You are going to be treated like a shoplifter, a domestic violence offender, or someone who committed assault. Except a shoplifter and domestic violence offenders keep their drivers license and don't get their car insurance doubled.
A first offense OWI could get you 93 days in jail. It's not likely;however in some jurisdiction there are judges that give 45 days in jail for a first time offender. There are fines that come to around $2,000 ( the statute says up to $500 but once they add on all the costs its comes to around $2,000) plus probation and drug testing. The government is going to put their hands deep into your pockets for at least a year. The drug testing and the random alcohol testing is a pain in the ass. I think that a first offense OWI carries with it a punishment that is the harshest of all misdemeanors. And if you violate the terms of your probation you will spend time in jail. You will suffer a license suspension. An OWI carries a 30 days no driving and 150 days restricted license. You could also get up to 360 hours community service.
This is a brief video explaining b OWI sentencing. Please forgive the quality of the video and watch the content.