WHY DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
WHAT NEXT?
WHAT ABOUT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE?
Wendy Howerton, Attorney At Law
Wendy Howerton, Attorney At Law
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WHY DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?

The first offense of DWI is a class A Misdemeanor punishable by a minimum of 1 day jail and a maximum of 1 year. Fines range from $150.00 to $1000.00. If you plead guilty to a charge of DWI at the arraignment, the Judge is free to sentence you anywhere within this range of statutory minimums and maximums.

An attorney can review your case and look to see if certain legal requirements have been met for the State to convict you of a DWI. An attorney will know what the Officers look for in the Standard Field Sobriety Tests when arresting for DWI and can review the police report and/or video to check for these.

Finally, an attorney can negotiate on your behalf to avoid jail time.

Call 479-587-9300 today to set up your initial consultation.

WHAT NEXT?

Now that you have been charged with a DWI, what happens next? You will receive a temporary driving permit, if this is a DWI #1, which allows you to drive for approximately 30 days, usually until the date of your arraignment. After that date, you may be eligible for a temporary license or an interlock device. At the arraignment, you will plead either “guilty” or “not guilty,” and you will be given a new court date if you plead “not guilty.” If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced by the Judge. At your next court appearance, you and your attorney will either have worked out a favorable plea bargain or be prepared to proceed with a trial.

If you have worked out a plea bargain, you will need to be screened by an appropriate alcohol and drug counseling center approved by the Judge. Every DWI conviction requires that this screening be performed. Once you have been screened, you will be sentenced usually according to the plea agreement and ordered to comply with whatever the alcohol/drug screening suggestions may be. This conviction will remain on your record forever; however, it may be used to enhance any subsequent DWI convictions for 5 years.

Call 479-587-9300 today to set up your initial consultation.

WHAT ABOUT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE?

You will get a “pink slip” or temporary permit that allows you to drive for approximately 30 days after being charged for DWI. You will need to request a hearing within seven days if you wish to contest your driver’s license being suspended or to request a permit or interlock device. On your pink slip, there are three boxes on the bottom left-hand corner. One box reflects a BAC under .15%, another reflects a BAC of .15% or above, and the third states “refused.” If this is your first DWI and the box reflecting a BAC less than .15% is marked, you are eligible for a driving permit for work, school, the doctor, and/or the alcohol counseling session. If this is your first DWI and the box reflecting a BAC greater than .15% is marked, or the “refused” box is marked, you are eligible for an interlock device. If this is your Second DWI or more, you are ineligible for any type of permit or interlock device for at least an entire year.

Call 479-587-9300 today to set up your initial consultation.


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