You were having a good night at a friend’s house when they suddenly received a call and were told to head out to pick up one of their kids. You knew that they’d be dealing with their child’s illness all night, so you decided to pack up and go home.
You had been drinking, but you guessed that it had only been a beer or two in the last hour. You felt totally fine, so you decided to drive. Of course, those blue and red flashing lights quickly approached behind you, and you knew that there could be trouble.
After you were stopped, the officer asked if you’d been drinking. You didn’t say anything, and instead you passed them your insurance information and license. The officer claimed you were weaving, and he made you do field sobriety tests. You have vertigo, and you tried to explain, but after failing the test, you ended up in the back of his cruiser under arrest. At the station, the officer asked for a Breathalyzer test, and you didn’t refuse. It came back at .06%
A second DWI is a gross misdemeanor offense, and you could face up to a year in jail. You may face administrative and criminal penalties that can add up to thousands of dollars. You may now also need to have an ignition interlock device installed or face losing your license completely.
It’s a tough position to be in, but you still have a right to fight the charges. Your attorney will work with you to try to minimize the damage a conviction would have and to reduce the chances of a conviction altogether.