Operating a motor vehicle is a serious responsibility. It takes skill, caution and focus in order to control a two-ton mammoth of metal as it rolls down the highway at 70 miles per hour.
As a result, doing anything that impairs your judgement as you climb behind the wheel is not only dangerous; the consequences of doing so can be very severe.
If you have found yourself in such a predicament, and you are in need of some legal advice, here is what to do after you get a DWI.
What is a DWI?
Officially, the three letters that no driver wants to hear come out of a police officer’s mouth – DWI – stands for “driving while intoxicated.” In many states, drivers also fear another series of letters – DUI – which translates into “driving under the influence.” Both infractions can leave a charged driver facing some serious consequences, but more on that in a bit.
What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?
Depending on the state you live in, DUIs and DWIs can either be treated as different offenses or used interchangeably to describe the same offense. In the state of Missouri, our law system recognizes DUIs and DWIs as the same offense: driving a vehicle while under the influence of a legal or illegal substance. It should be noted, however, that “DWI” is used far more often in Missouri than “DUI.”
What are the consequences of getting a DWI?
Due to the potentially fatal dangers that come with drivers who operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the consequences of a DWI charge range from inconvenient to highly severe; the minimum reprimand for a DWI is a fine of $500, while more extreme consequences include time spent in jail. having a driver’s license revoked, increased insurance rates and even incurring a felony charge.
What to do after you get a DWI
As with any formal charge against you, it is imperative that you elicit the help of an experienced DWI attorney. Given the severity of DWI cases, you want to have the best sentence bargaining power on your side. With 60 years of experience, Chassaniol & Marty can help. To learn more about how we can help you, set up your free consultation by reaching out to us today.
We would like to remind all of our readers: do not operate a vehicle, or any other heavy machinery, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not only does doing so endanger your life, but it could also endanger the lives of those around you. If you ever find yourself in such a comprising situation, remember that calling a friend, hailing a cab or summoning an Uber are the only sure ways to get home safely.