No one ever says to the bartender or friend at a party, ‘One more round, Joe – I want to get arrested tonight for DWI.’ in addition this happens time and time again across America, night after night. What’s worse is once you’ve been arrested for DWI you can’t simply go to DWI traffic school or go to confession and voila- everything is forgiven. Like becoming pregnant from unprotected sex, that little mishap says with you the rest of your life. And that alone doesn’t already begin to cover all headaches and expense associated with this.
Once you’re arrested, you’re booked and charged with DWI- but did you know that you might be automatically charged with additional offenses such as ‘Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor means’ degrees 1-3, depending on your situation? And heavens forbid if you were to cause an accident or *gulp* kill someone, the charges become almost endless. Depending which state you’re arrested in, you car will be closest impounded for a minimum of 12 hours and your fees start mounting the minute they hoist your car from the road. In some states, your license is suspended in addition. You will more than likely end up spending the night in jail, and depending on how ‘sloshed’ you were during the arrest, you may also have additional charges filed against you for disorderly conduct. It just doesn’t seem worth it.
Once you post bail, you’re off to take painkillers and get your car out of impound. At a minimum you’re looking at the minimum a associate hundred dollars and now your car has new dents and scratches that mysteriously ‘appeared’ overnight. You go in search of an attorney who will try to minimize the damage to your driving record, and the minute you sign the contract with the attorney, your bank account balance begins its steady (and sometimes rapid) decline. You pay for court costs, filing fees, discovery, depositions (if your attorney goes this route), and him to lick a stamp to send you his fees. Your insurance agent will increase your premium by 100-300% or drop your coverage completely and you get ‘the look’ from those who know of your crime. You’re literally at the mercy of those around you – your attorney, the court, the car insurance agent, society. And there isn’t a thing you can do except Pay Up.
You’ve heard that old saying, ‘Crime pay’? It certainly does. And by the time you’ve completed your sentence, whether is includes community service, jail time, or additional fines, you’ll have expended time, energy, and great expense all over a mistake in judgment. One shot of tequila will cost you thousands of dollars. Is it worth it to you?