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DWI Cases: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about DWI Offenses

Should I just plead guilty?

There are many who decide to be apathetic about their case and just plead guilty. This is not always the best approach; what if there were compelling defense possibilities? What if law enforcement had failed to correctly administer the tests, making them invalid? Never make a plea in a DWI case without first consulting with a lawyer to determine how to proceed. Do not discuss your case with anyone or engage in answering questions at the scene or at the police facility until your attorney is there to protect your rights.

Will my I get a suspended license?

When you are arrested and charged with a DWI in our state, your license is automatically suspended 15 days after you are charged. The length of time of the suspension varies depending upon a number of factors: your blood alcohol content (BAC), your previous convictions on DWI and whether an accident, injury or death occurred in the incident. There are immediate steps that can be taken to assist you in fighting to avoid the suspension of your license. This activity should be initiated in conjunctions with your DWI defense.

What do I do if I am stopped for suspicion of drunk driving?

Many people make serious blunders when stopped by the police. The biggest error you can make is engaging in answering questions from law enforcement. You are being videotaped to gather evidence against you. There is only one goal: conviction. If a friendly law enforcement officer wants to discuss your case, you should be aware that he or she is merely gathering evidence to turn over to the prosecutor. In such cases, there is no such thing as a friendly police officer, and they are not there to help you.

Isn't it cheaper to just plead guilty?

When you add up the damages you will face in a DWI conviction, having a skilled lawyer is cheaper than you may think. What if you plan to advance your career in your field and you now have a DWI conviction on your record? You can be sure that future employers consider the stability of those they hire and you can significantly damage your future employment by having a DWI conviction on your permanent criminal record; not to mention the increased costs of insurance, fines, and other costs associated with a conviction.