Washington, DC DWI Lawyer
Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a criminal charge that carries consequences which can reach far beyond the DMV. If you have been charged with a DWI in Washington, DC, you should consider contacting a Washington, DC DWI lawyer who will zealously protect your rights.
The District of Columbia has three separate charges related to driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other substances. The most severe charge is Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). To be charged with a DWI, a driver must be operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above. A police officer may test for BAC by conducting two chemical tests (breath, urine, blood, or a combination of two different tests) on a suspected drunk driver. If the test results indicate the driver has a BAC of .08 or above, the driver is “per se” intoxicated, meaning that even if the individual’s driving was not affected by the alcohol consumption, he or she will be charged with a DWI. Due to Washington, DC’s implied consent law, a driver who refuses to take any of these chemical tests will be subjected to additional penalties, including a one-year revocation of his or her driver’s license. (More information regarding implied consent can be found here.)
A first-time DC DWI offender will face up to a $1,000 fine and/or a jail sentence of up to 180 days. A driver with a BAC of .20-.25 faces a mandatory minimum of 10 days in jail. Finally, if the driver’s BAC was above .25, he or she will face an additional mandatory minimum of 15 days in jail.
In addition to the court-ordered fines and jail sentences, a DWI conviction can lead to the revocation of a driver’s license, increased auto insurance premiums, decreased credit ratings, travel restrictions, and various other costs.
If you have been charged with a DWI, our DC DWI Lawyers can help you plan your best defense. Call David Benowitz at (202) 529-9374 for a consultation today.