An arrest for driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a nerve-wracking experience at best, especially for a first-time offender.
Following an arrest, the driver may have no idea what happens in the near term and what kind of long-term effect a conviction might have.
Breath tests and more
A driver stopped on suspicion of DWI will face having to take a breath test or blood test. Refusing testing can result in a driver’s license suspension of 30 days. In fact, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more, the Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend driving privileges for up to 12 months. The driver also faces mandatory jail time of up to 24 hours, 24 hours of community service and as much as $2,000 in fines.
If convicted of DWI, the driver will have future problems to manage with this kind of mark on his or her driving record. For example, that DWI blemish may make a job search difficult. Recruiters perform routine background checks and may pass over an applicant with a DWI conviction in favor of a job seeker with a clean record. Landlords perform background checks, too, possibly making it more difficult to rent an apartment or condo. A DWI conviction can also affect automobile insurance rates. The insurer may now view the policyholder as a high-risk driver and increase the premium substantially.
A look ahead
Various issues can exist during a DWI arrest. A breath test could contain flaws due to an equipment malfunction. Administrative mistakes could occur in the arrest itself. With legal guidance, you can challenge the arrest, improve your position and expect the best outcome possible for your case.