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With a full schedule of sports comes added DWI enforcement

While many people will be viewing from the comfort of their living room, many others will undoubtedly be heading to the homes of friends and family, or area bars and restaurants to watch. Regardless of where they end up, there’s no question that they will be celebrating with the usual game day staples, including alcohol.

Even though there is nothing wrong with enjoying alcohol in moderation — a cold beer, glass of wine or specialty cocktail — sports fans should be aware that the law enforcement will very likely be out in full force, such that a designated driver or call to a taxi might be in order.

Those who might be tempted to test their luck should consider some of the potential penalties called for by state law for those convicted of driving while intoxicated:

  • First offense DWI: Charged as a misdemeanor, it can result in a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year behind bars and a minimum six month license revocation
  • Second offense DWI: Charged as a Class E felony, it can result in a fine of up to $5,000, up to four years behind bars and a minimum one year license revocation
  • Third offense DWI: Charged as a Class D felony, it can result in a fine of up to $10,000, up to seven years behind bars and a minimum one year license revocation

It’s important to understand that in the event a person does make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having consumed one drink too many, they are not without options. Indeed, a skilled legal professional can immediately get to work protecting their rights, their reputation and their future.

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