The DWIs that we are familiar with all deal with civilian cases. However, it’s just as important to point out the DWI implications that go with a military career. These DWIs are not uncommon. We’ll explain more about a military DWI and what it entails, in reference to themilitarywallet.com.
Military DWIs have two types of impact: non-military impact and military impact.
A non-military impact DWI is clearly outlined with costs such as fines, court costs, bail, and lawyer fees. In addition to these costs, there are administrative hearings, towing expenses and impounding, DWI classes, engine interlock devices, and (probably one of the most feared and longest lasting consequences) – soaring car insurance rates/costs. Of course there are numerous cost breakdowns for DWI convictions on the web, but Forrest Baumhover of The Military Wallet states “you can expect to pay $8,000 to $20,000 in total costs for a first DWI conviction”.
A military impact DWI is not as easily found over a Google search. However, there are two significant impacts on a person’s military career with a military DWI. First: a DWI is punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Worst case but realistic scenario: the convicted person could be subject to a court martial. Secondly: security clearance could be at stake, as there are special requirements for obtaining and maintaining security clearances. A DWI conviction could put that privilege at stake.
No DWI possibility is too small or rare to consider. It’s always important to be prepared, especially when it comes to driving and the law. You may already be convicted or know somebody who is, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to do something about it. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer that specializes in DWI law is the best option for properly taking care of a DWI and getting your life back on track. Taylor Fontenot at Southern Oaks Law Firm specializes in Louisiana DWI law and his priority is always to help his clients and to do his absolute best to provide a fair solution. Call or email Taylor and the Southern Oaks Law team today.