What to expect after you’ve been arrested for OWI
For those who have been struggling as to how to handle their OWI arrest, here are a few tips from some legal experts to help you out.
First and foremost, call an experienced OWI attorney. Having a quality OWI attorney at your side throughout the process will provide you with some much needed relief from stress as they will handle the majority of the details of your case. Not to mention, they understand how the laws work and how to get you the best dispensation for your case. It is imperative to contact an experienced OWI lawyer ASAP, from jail if possible, and retain legal counsel.
It is important to note that attorneys, especially experienced ones, aren’t cheap. The retainer for their services is going to be several thousand dollars and then you will have to pay for any expenses they incur on your behalf. And then, of course, there is the hourly charge for their services. So, you might want to consider setting up a legal defense budget that you can start putting money into in order to defend your case.
Second, be prepared for an expensive and drawn out experience. Most OWI cases linger on for months, requiring you to appear in court multiple times throughout the process. You should expect to have to take time off from work to make the appearances, unless your attorney appears on your behalf. Of course, this will cost you, but in the end, if it saves your job, it might be well worth it.
Even under the best of circumstances, you will most likely wind up dealing with Lady Justice as some point, meaning that you will have penalties associated with your case, regardless of whether or not you are actually convicted of OWI or not. Many of these cases are settled via plea deal. This means that you will have to agree to pay some fines, spend some time in jail or rehab or even voluntarily submit to random alcohol testing under a probation agreement in order to keep an OWI conviction from being placed on your record permanently. In some cases, this is much more acceptable than having to have an OWI on your Arrest Records and permanent record. This is because having an OWI will not only increase your insurance premiums, you will be required to carry very expensive SR-22 insurance. You may even wind up losing your job, especially if your job depends on having a clean driving record or you have a commercial driver’s license.
An OWI arrest is a very time consuming and fiscally expensive endeavor. You should expect to have your life disrupted for a very long period of time. It can break you financially and place a heavy strain on your family dynamic, with many leading to divorce. These are things to think about before getting behind the wheel after a night out.
OWI Arrest Records are something you aren’t going to want to have to deal with.