Saving Yourself from the Harsh Consequences of a DWI Conviction

All U.S. states have a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level limit for car drivers. This is one stipulation, besides the strict implementation of the anti-texting law while driving, that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been strictly enforcing lately, specifically through sobriety check points, in the hope of significantly reducing the yearly number of fatal car accidents due to drunk-driving, which totals to more than 10,000. A fairly small number considering the fact that the annual figure of drivers arrested due to intoxicated is over a million.

Individuals accused of drinking and driving will suffer a DWI conviction if proven guilty, a crime that is given heavy fines, time behind bars, community service, mandatory attendance in alcohol and drug education classes (also known as DUI School) and/or suspension of driver’s license.

The only sad truth is that, of the million arrests, so many are first time offenders and whose real crime may only be the mistake of enjoying time with family or buddies, especially during holidays or weekends, and then deciding to drive home themselves.

DUI defense lawyers fully know and understand the harsh consequences of being charged with a crime. The effects of a criminal charge can alter an individual’s personal and professional life even if the crime is only trying to drive home, as safely as possible, while drunk. Quite a cruel reality for first time offenders and social drinkers, but that is the law.

If convicted with a DWI offense (or any other conviction), the various inconvenient and unfavorable consequences can include:

  • difficulty in renting an apartment or finding job (some even lose their current job);
  • difficulty in renting a vehicle;
  • restrictions on international travel;
  • difficulty in maintaining professional driver’s license, more so in renewing driver’s license;
  • negative effects on child custody case; and,
  • higher car insurance premiums (for about three years)

A good, experienced lawyer, such as a Westchester DWI lawyer, may be able to help in lowering the degree of punishment or, sometimes, even save those charged with DWI from conviction. A DWI crime is a serious offense that requires only a strong and convincing defense from a highly-skilled lawyer.

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