What to Expect After Getting a DWI
There are various reasons why someone would decide to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. However, before you think twice about operating a vehicle while intoxicated, you must understand the things that will happen right after you get pulled over and arrested for a DWI.
The following are the things to expect after getting a DWI:
- You will be arrested. If you decide to submit to a breathalyzer test, or a field sobriety test, and fail, you will be arrested and booked at the police station on suspicion of a DWI.
- You will be obligated to appear in court. As soon as you are arrested, you will receive a summons to appear in court. During your court appearance, the evidence against you will be presented and you will be required to make a plea – either innocent or guilty.
- Your driver’s license will be suspended or revoked. License suspension is mandatory for all drunk drivers; however, the time you will serve varies. There might be a chance to obtain a hardship or restricted license, but you must drive with an ignition interlock device.
- You must pay fines. There are fees related to a DWI charge, which you are required to pay.
- You may go to jail. In Texas, a conviction can be punishable by a maximum jail sentence of six months.
- You may receive probation. Instead of going to jail, you may have to complete probation.
- You may be required to attend DWI School. The purpose of alcohol education is to prevent you from drinking and driving again. Furthermore, you are more than likely going to pay to attend.
- Your auto insurance rates may increase. A DWI can make an irresponsible driver in the eyes of your insurance provider, resulting in higher rates.