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What should you do after a DWI arrest?

A DWI is a serious criminal offense that can affect your finances, reputation and employment. Some of the consequences for drinking and driving can include the requirement to pay a large fine, spend time in jail or license suspension.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, you could face charges for DWI if you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%. Following the DWI arrest, there are steps you can take to successfully navigate the legal process and protect your interests.

Prepare for your court appearance

Right before you leave jail, you will receive a notice that includes when you should appear in court for your DWI charge. Do whatever it takes to remember this event and show up for it. Put it on your calendar as soon as you get home and make plans to attend no matter what.

Make transportation arrangements

Prior to your court date, you will likely not be able to drive legally using your driver’s license. For this reason, ask a friend or family member to drive you to work and your other obligations during this period.

Look into new insurance

Even though you may have a suspended driver’s license for a while, you may want to start learning about SR-22 vehicle insurance. Reach out to your current car insurance provider to learn about your coverage options and what you will pay for this type of insurance.

Facing charges for DWI can be intimidating. Do not ignore your court date or the possibility of conviction to protect your legal interests.