When you were stopped and asked if you had been drinking, you were surprised. You hadn’t been, so you were honest and told the officer that you didn’t drink before driving.
Unfortunately, despite a clean Breathalyzer test, you didn’t pass the field sobriety tests. The officer was convinced that you were taking drugs or medications that impaired you, so you ended up being placed under arrest and were taken into the station.
You want to fight this, because you’re not sure how a DWI could affect you in the short- or long-term.
Here’s what you should know about a DWI
If you are convicted of a DWI, you’ll see some immediate short-term effects, like jail time or being fined. If you go to school, you could be expelled or suspended. If you are employed, you could lose your job.
In the long-term, you can be affected by a DWI, even if it was many years in the past. Long-term effects of a DWI may include:
- Court-mandated community service
- Jail time
- Higher insurance premiums
- License suspensions
- Trouble finding or keeping employment
- Damage to your professional relationships
When you are accused of a DWI, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to prepare to fight it. Your attorney will work with you to argue against the allegation that you were driving while intoxicated so that you can protect your rights.
Our website has more information on DWIs and what you can do if you’re facing charges. It’s your right to fight back and protect your future.