Even though you are probably well aware of the dangers that can go along with drinking and driving, you might not realize just how seriously the courts take DWI charges nowadays. Years ago, these cases were handled as being not much more serious than your average traffic ticket. People were sometimes able to get their cases thrown out completely, and even those who couldn’t didn’t have to worry too much about serious consequences. However, this is not the case nowadays at all.
Now, a DWI is so much more than just a traffic ticket. In many cases, it’s a misdemeanor charge that can carry jail time, probation or other serious consequences. In some cases, such as if you are a repeat offender or if someone is seriously injured as a result of your drinking and driving, it could even be a felony.
If you are convicted of your charge, you have to worry about losing your driver’s license, which can make it difficult for you to get back and forth to work or to handle other responsibilities. However, this isn’t where your problems end. Depending on the situation, you could have to be put on probation for a year or longer, you may be sentenced to active jail time, and you may have to pay high court costs, fines and fees. You also have to worry about your criminal and driving records being affected, which can affect your ability to get jobs in the future.
As you can see, a DWI case is not something that you should take lightly. Instead, you should seek legal representation that you can count on. If you are looking for an attorney who can assist you with your DWI or any other legal troubles, contact us at Anderson Law Firm, PLLC today.
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