Many people rely on their drivers’ licenses to get to school, go to work, and take care of their kids. In fact, most people are so dependent on their licenses that they couldn’t imagine life without them. Unfortunately, an operating while intoxicated (OWI) conviction can turn this imagination into a reality.
First-Time OWI Penalties
A first-time OWI charge can result in severe penalties for the accused if he is convicted. That’s why it’s always a good idea to talk to an experienced OWI attorney before an arraignment.
If the accused is found guilty of an OWI, he may face the following penalties:
- A maximum jail sentence of 93 days;
- Fines of up to $500;
- Up to 360 hours of community service;
- Possible ignition interlock;
- Six points added to driver record;
- Mandatory license suspension for six months.
As you can see, a first-time OWI conviction will result in a six-month license suspension. However, it is possible to request a restricted license after serving 30 days of the suspension. A restricted license can be used to travel to necessary places like work or school while waiting to reinstate a suspended license.
Accused of an OWI?
A trusted OWI attorney could be the difference between losing your driving privileges and staying on the road. If you or a loved one is accused of committing an OWI, you’ll want experienced representation on your case.
Contact White Law, PLLC at (517) 316-1195 for a free consultation for your case!