Introduction to DWI

Driving while intoxicated is essentially an issue of public safety. The current policies and procedures that address the risks associated with DWI reflect an emotional response, not a practical one. Unfortunately, emotional responses fan the flames instead of addressing the problem from a practical perspective.

DWI convictions ruin lives and risk a whole host of consequences, some obvious, others not so obvious.

Hefty fines, driver’s license revocation, mandatory drug and alcohol classes, community service—sometimes even jail time—might only be the tip of the iceberg. Add to that having to pay insurance surcharges, plus foot the bill for the installation and rental fees for interlock and surveillance systems in your car, which basically means you must pay for the privilege of being monitored every time you get behind the wheel of your car.

In fact, a 2006 study conducted by the Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing Commission, based in the greater Austin area, found that typical first-time DWI convictions—and these are ones with no associated collision or injury—cost defendants anywhere from $5000 to nearly $24,000.

Yes, you read that right. That is for first-timers, those who were not subject to enhanced charges from prior convictions, and those who did not suffer or cause any damage or injury as a result of driving while intoxicated.

Capping all this off is the lifetime conviction record that will rise up to haunt you every time you look for a job or a place to live or apply for a professional license.

Ninety-five percent of all DWI defendants are found guilty—not just because they plead guilty but also because many lawyers don’t know how to effectively defend against a DWI conviction.

If you’ve been charged with DWI, you do not have to be one of the doomed 95%. You need not resign yourself to the possibly devastating consequences that face you. There are competent lawyers who are experienced and successful in defending DWI cases and you deserve one, no matter what your circumstances. You just need to know how to find one.

We’re talking a potential Titanic here, but you don’t have to be one of the many who go under. This book could very well be the life preserver you need to pull you to safety.