With a DWI charge, you will find that your driver’s license has been suspended. For a first DUI offense, you’ll see a one year driver’s license suspension, in addition to jail time, fines, and court costs. DMV.com discusses these penalties and also states that “If your BAC level was .20 or higher at the moment of arrest, your credential will remain suspended for two consecutive years”. More offenses result in longer suspension, more jail time, and higher fines. One method of handling the outcome is to reinstate your suspended license, which we’ll discuss at a later date.
Another way to handle the situation is to apply for a hardship license, “which will allow them to earn a livelihood or travel to and from essential destinations, such as medical institutions or school”. Applicants must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles, according to the law. This hardship license application process can be done through a local DMV office by: filling out the corresponding application forms, submitting SR-22 filing (insurance for high-risk drivers) and submitting proof that the ignition interlock device was installed onto the vehicle, presenting the court order granting you permission to apply for this hardship license (if required), and paying the applicable fees. It’s important to note that only holders of non-commercial Class D or E credentials can apply for this hardship license.
All in all, the driving force behind obtaining a favorable outcome resides mainly with the hiring of an experienced DWI lawyer. Let’s say that somebody just couldn’t avoid a DWI conviction. If that person hired a DWI lawyer, the fines and penalties that go along with the conviction can be reduced significantly. An experienced DWI lawyer will also take the stress off of the person by filing all of the necessary paperwork on that person’s behalf and be able to explain all of the violated laws to you. Our DWI defense attorney Taylor Fontenot would be able to offer extreme assistance for any DWI matter you’re facing. Call 337-704-7255 or email Taylor and the Southern Oaks Law Firm team today!