Driving while intoxicated, also known as DUI, DWI, OWI and by many other acronyms refers to the process of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drug. While the consumption of alcohol by those over the age of 21 is legal in all 50 states, there are strict laws that govern the use of a vehicle after drinking.
Each state has their own unique set of laws that determine what the penalties are for those who are convicted of OWI as well as what the definition of OWI actually is. For example, some states have laws that state that someone isn’t actually OWI unless their blood alcohol level, BAC, is .08 or greater. That is, unless they are driving in an erratic manner. Other states have no minimum BAC that defines whether or not someone is OWI or not. Instead they use the BAC to determine what level punishment that driver will get when they are convicted.
Regardless of how a state defines OWI, the penalties are much the same. For example, someone convicted of OWI will face financial penalties that range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the number of times the person has been charged with OWI as well as how much alcohol they had in their system at the time of arrest. This cost is on top of the cost of legal representation, which is simply not an option for OWI.
In addition to financial penalties, someone convicted of OWI can also be subject to a variety of other penalties. These include jail time, mandatory time in alcohol rehabilitation, and a suspension of driving privileges. The cost is simply much too high.
Rather than taking a chance on losing your driving privileges as well as paying out a huge sum of money in fines, consider spending a much lower amount of cash and hiring a taxi or Uber to take you home. This is a much easier and affordable option for those who have even had just one beer and especially if you have had more. A friend or family member can come and get your car or help you retrieve it the next day. And, while it may seem inconvenient to have to make arrangements to retreive your car, it is much more convenient than spending the next year of your life having to make multiple appearances in a court of law and taking the chance on having to deal with the multitude of penalties that await.
And, of course, if all of this isn’t enough, your OWI Arrest Record will follow you around for the rest of your life and will be public record for anyone who wants to see it. In short, drunk driving simply isn’t worth the high price you’ll have to pay if you are caught.
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