Driving while under the influence charges involve the operation of a vehicle while you are inebriated. You can get hit with a DWI charge for driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or any other substance that impairs your judgment. DWI charges, unlike other crimes, can carry steep penalties that impact many corners of your life.
It is common for a judge to order a combination of jail time, alcohol classes, prohibiting alcohol consumption and suspending your license. Luckily, this also means that there are many opportunities to plead to certain penalties in order to avoid others. This gives you many options regarding your defense strategy.
Typically, everyone who is charged with a DWI is ordered to take alcohol classes and undergo some sort of treatment. These classes seek to educate you on the dangers of alcohol and driving. Treatment may consist of group or one-on-one therapy. These requirements can sometimes be satisfied by attending Alcoholics of Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Another common punishment, usually for repeat offenders, is the placement of an ignition interlock device. This device sits on your steering wheel and prevents you from driving unless you blow into it and it registers no alcohol on your breath. Often, with these technical penalties, you might be forced to pay for the privilege of having one of the devices installed on your car in lieu of alternative punishment.
Unfortunately, for repeat offenders, there is very little sympathy in the court system. Many times you will face mandatory license suspension, jail time, impounded vehicles and steep fines. If you are faced with a DWI charge, then you should probably consult with a criminal defense attorney. A DWI charge does present serious problems for your future however they are manageable. An arrest does not spell the end of your life or your career because there are many sentencing options available that allow you to serve your time reasonably.