If you or a loved one have committed or have been charged with committing a crime, quick contact with experienced criminal defense representation is extremely important.
If necessary, a criminal defense attorney can help arrange a situation for you to turn yourself in to police; they can anticipate the different ways your legal situation may be interpreted according to the law and what the best options may be; they can advocate and observe that your constitutional rights are followed; they can arrange for investigation of evidence against you and interview of potential witnesses; they can represent you in trial; and should you be convicted, they may be able to negotiate a lower sentence for you.
Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence
O.V.I., O.M.V.I., D.W.I., O.U.I. and D.U.I. are different terms for the same thing, depending on where you live.
If you are convicted of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence, the possible penalties include jail time, a fine, a driver’s license suspension, seizure/immobilization/forfeiture of your vehicle and impoundment of your plates, as well as “points” on your driver’s license.
You may also be required to pay a license reinstatement fee and may find that your insurance rates increase.
The mandatory minimum penalties and the severity of your sentence depend on how many times you have been convicted in the past and how intoxicated the driver was when arrested.