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4 Things You Need to Know After Getting a DWI

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Over 1.1 million people in Ohio have been convicted of driving while impaired; that is one in every seven licensed drivers. If you happened to make the unfortunate decision of driving while impaired, and you are being charged with DUI, DWI or OVI, there are many things that you will need to know and do. You need to be aware of your state DUI laws, and any new DUI laws that are in place, especially if this is your second offense. There are different DUI laws by state, so it is important to research the DUI laws in your own state.


If you’ve been charged with a DUI, DWI or OVI, finding a DUI attorney in your area is your first step, and like the most important one as well. Attorneys will help to ensure that your rights are protected and to work with you throughout the entire process. They will ensure that you are given a fair trial and help to limit the consequences that you will face. Without an attorney, you will likely face the maximum consequences, which, especially if this is your second offense, can be very serious. Attorneys are also the most familiar with new DUI laws and can use these new DUI laws to benefit your case.

License Suspension

After being charged with a DUI, DWI or OVI, your driver’s license will likely be suspended pending an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing. In certain states, your license can be suspended anywhere from six months to three years, depending upon the severity of the offense and whether or not you are a repeat offender. Having your license suspended will be inconvenient, but unfortunately, is not the worst of your worries.


Being charged with a DUI, DWI or OVI can be a very expensive situation. If you want to avoid severe consequences, you need to hire an attorney. However, attorney fees can be very high. You will also need to pay license reinstatement fees when you are able to get your license reinstated. Your insurance will also likely go up, as they see you as a larger liability for them to cover.


Many times, when you are stopped by an officer and are suspected of being under the influence, they will have you take many tests, including Breathalyzer tests. They may also make you take blood tests and urine tests after being brought back to the station. Even if you have taken these tests, you and your attorney may be able challenge their results. The tests need to be properly administered, or they might turn out to be inadmissible in court. This is one thing that your attorney can help you with, so this is another great reason to hire an attorney.

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