An arrest for OWI may seem like no big deal. However, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. An OWI arrest and conviction will have a number of significant impacts on your life. Here are some things that you should know about an OWI before you decide to get behind the wheel.
An OWI arrest and conviction will have a serious impact on your finances. First, the amount of money you will have to spend on an attorney to represent you is phenomenal. In most cases, you can expect to pay several thousand dollars to retain the services of an attorney before they will even agree to take your case. And, if you hire an experienced attorney to represent you, which is always the best approach, you will be paying more. In addition, if you are convicted, you will need to expect to pay fines and court costs associated with your crime. The amounts for these will vary based on the circumstances of your situation. For example, if this is your first offense and no one was injured and no property was damaged, the fines will be less than if this is your fourth arrest and conviction.
And then, of course, there are the indirect impacts on your finances. For example, you may face a loss of wages due to having to miss days to appear in court or the potential of losing your job altogether. You may also have to deal with the cost of taking public transportation because your driving privileges have been suspended.
Misdemeanor and Felony Arrest Records
An OWI is a crime, meaning that you will now have a criminal record. This is particularly problematic for those who are employed in a position where having a record will prevent you from working in that industry. For example, people who drive for a living will find it difficult, if not impossible, to find a job where an employer will take the risk of hiring someone with a criminal record. This becomes even more problematic if this is not your first OWI offense, you may be facing a felony conviction, which brings even more headache to those in search of a job as having a felony can severely limit your ability to find employment.
And this just scratches the surface of what you can expect to face if you are arrested and convicted of OWI. There are plenty of other indirect consequences of such an arrest. Businesses can suffer irreparable damage to their reputations, causing a loss of business so severe that the business will close. You can also lose your standing within the community and ultimately wind up having to move due to harassment and more.
Outside of financial and arrest record concerns, having an OWI arrest places an undue amount of stress on the family dynamic. Many families simply aren’t able to withstand the strain and buckle under the pressure. This can cause even more stress on someone who is already vulnerable, leading to mental and physical problems.