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What happens during an OWI?

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There are a number of things that happen during a OWI arrest that if you aren’t aware of them, you risk landing a host of fines and penalties along with the potential to lose your driver’s license forever.

When you are pulled over for OWI, the first thing the police officer is going to do is to ask you some questions. Depending on your answers to these questions, the officer will then decide whether or not to conduct a field sobriety test. He or she isn’t looking for specific answers to the questions they ask, they are looking for how you speak. They want to know if your sentences are coherent. They want to know if your words are slurred. And, they want to see if they can detect the smell of alcohol on your breath when you speak.

If they decide that there is enough probable cause to conduct a field sobriety test, they will then ask you to step out of the car and perform a number of simple tests in order to take a look at other things like your equilibrium. While the results of these tests are not conclusive, you can pretty much rest assured that if an officer decides to conduct a field sobriety test that you will be arrested on suspicion of OWI and then taken to the hospital or the precinct in order to submit to a breath or blood alcohol level test. The results of these last two tests are conclusive as to whether or not you were drinking before you decided to get behind the wheel of the car.

The next step after arrest and charging you with the crime comes the justice phase. You will get to plead your case in front of a judge. But, without a lawyer, you should expect to get the maximum penalty. This is because most prosecutors and judges don’t have a soft spot for those who jeopardize the lives of others. Penalties may include monetary fines, drug/alcohol rehab, a stint in jail and even the loss of your driver’s license for a period of time. These penalties become more harsh the more times you are arrested for OWI.

For those who own businesses, the arrest and subsequent conviction for OWI can have a lasting impact on your ability to earn a living. This is because most customers are aware that you can do a lot of research on the businesses they want to patronize online. Arrest records and convictions are public record and available for anyone who wants to spend a little time on the internet. You can find out more about the availability of this information here: .

The moral of the story is that OWI arrests are costly, both from a financial aspect and your future earnings. Think twice before you get behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcoholic beverages, especially if you are a business owner.  Click here for more info: