DWI Defenses

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What Is DWI?

DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated.” This is the name that some states give to drunk driving charges (also known as driving under the influence or DUI in other states). DWI charges can lead to various penalties, including:

Penalties may increase with repeat offenses. In some cases, penalties may also increase if the blood alcohol content (BAC) is high or if the incident resulted in serious bodily harm/property damage.

What Defenses Can I Use for a DWI?

Like other criminal and traffic violations, there may be a number of defenses that might apply to the defendant. Some common defenses to DWI charges include:

Various other defenses may apply, which can vary by jurisdiction and local laws. Some defenses, such as the rising BAC defense, can be more difficult to prove than others.

Is It Possible to Get Charges Reduced?

In some cases, DWI consequences may be lessened or reduced. This can happen for instance if evidence surfaces that would help to prove the defendant’s innocence. It is often common to have DWI charges reduced from felony to misdemeanor charges depending on the factors. Lastly, charges often tend to be less serious for first-time DWI charges.

Can a Lawyer Help Me with My DWI Defense?

DWI laws can often involve some serious criminal penalties. You may need to hire a qualified criminal lawyer if you need assistance with any DWI issues. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance during the process. Also, if you need to appear before a judge or attend a court hearing, your lawyer can be present to guide you during those times as well.

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Last Modified: 10-15-2014 03:45 PM PDT

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