Obviously, it is best to have a designated driver or take an Uber. Sometimes, you make a mistake without even knowing you were impaired. If this happens to you, make sure to call us right away. You will receive a temporary driving license when you are arrested and you have a very short window to send in your request for a hearing with the Department of Revenue to try to protect your license.
Many people don't understand that there is an administrative side and criminal side to a DWI. This is the type of case where you must have an attorney. Pleading guilty will require you to serve jail time unless you have a plea agreement with the Prosecutor. If this is your first charge, you can receive a "Suspended Imposition of Sentence" which means that it will be off your record when your probation period is over. It can be used by law enforcement, the Director of Revenue, and as a prior offense if you do receive another violation, but for all other purposes, the case disappears.
If you have a second offense, you still may be able to avoid jail time but you will receive a "suspended execution of sentence" which means no jail time unless you have a violation of your probation. Hopefully this will not happen to you, but we are here to help if you make this mistake.
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