DWI charges can mean jail time, fines, license suspension, probation, and life changing problems.
DWI law is quite complex, from the moment you are pulled over to your court case. That’s what can make an experienced lawyer invaluable, and that’s what leads to our first DWI question.
Do you need a DWI lawyer?
Yes, you always need a lawyer if you’ve been charged with a drinking and driving offense (or charged with operating a vehicle while using drugs). Simply put, it can keep you out of jail, lessen license suspension charges if not eliminate them, stop fines, and more.
Is any lawyer good?
Not all DWI lawyers are equal, unfortunately, though just because one is quite cheap in price does not mean you’ll lose, and higher priced DWI lawyers do not guarantee a win. The best method is to go somewhere in the middle, to pay for value, but to understand that spending tens of thousands in defense is just unrealistic.
How much do DWI lawyers charge?
Costs are either based on flat rate fees for defending DWI or on hourly. You can typically estimate lawyer prices beforehand and get a good idea of who you can afford. If they charge an hourly rate and give an estimate on hours, you can easily compare this with others. If a flat rate, that’s easy to compare too. But note value: if they have experience in and out of the court, in winning, that’s valuable.
What is the difference between DWI, OWI, and DUI?
Different states have different terms. On this blog, we typically use DUI, but generally DUI has the same intent as OWI and DWI: to punish those who drink or abuse drugs in excess and drive. DUI stands for driving under the influence. OWI means operating while intoxicated. And DWI means driving while intoxicated. Each term used the same blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08%, has similar charges in terms of jail time and fines and suspensions, and has similar defenses. The only major differences are between state laws.
What should you do if pulled over?
You will likely be asked to take a breathalyzer test if the officer believes you’ve been drinking. This is pretty much the same across all states, where if you refuse you can immediately have your license suspended. If you’re pulled over, the less you say the better. This is not to say you don’t cooperate; only you avoid incriminating yourself.
How do you make a DWI defense?
You make a DWI defense with a DWI lawyer. Yet it’s more complex than that. DWI penalties can be quite stiff, but defenses can be very effective. How you act during the arrest, what your BAC level reads in the breathalyzer and potentially with blood tests, what the officer does, and how good a lawyer you hire all make complicated but winnable.
True, if you avoid abusing drugs or alcohol and driving you have nothing to worry about. But cases where you’re arrested for a DWI and have abused nothing occur all the time. The defense in this instance is based on proof.